Ticket Punched: Lolo Jones Is Headed Back To The Olympics
The road hasn’t been easy, but why would she take the easy road anyway? Lolo Jones has spent her entire life overcoming hurdles, on and off the track, and this weekend in Eugene at the US Track and Field Olympic Trials was no exception. Fighting off pre-race jitters, a strange start in preliminaries and a rain delayed semi-final, Jones confirmed her spot on Team USA this summer in London where she will take on the best in the world in the 100-meter hurdles.
Jones began the event at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon on Friday with a 13.01 third place finish in her qualification heat to advance into the semi-final round. The race featured a false start from a fellow sprinter, which only added to the drama. Jones fought it off to advance and looked to improve on her time in the semi-finals.
Saturday saw the same rainy mess that Friday presented and the semi-final running of the 100-meter hurdles was postponed for a short time, after the runners, including Jones, had already been escorted onto the track. Once the skies cleared, so did the track for Jones to scorch through her semi-final, placing second and advancing to the final.
The final round would be no walk in the park for Jones. Also advancing were Dawn Harper, the 2008 Olympic gold medalist and Kellie Wells, the 2011 Indoor and Outdoor Champion. Getting out of the blocks without a hitch, the women blazed a speedy trail in front of a record crowd of 21,795 people. Harper crossed the line first, finishing in 12.77 seconds. Wells was close behind in second. Jones leaned across the finish line, just nudging Virginia Crawford by a mere .04 seconds for third place. She had to wait for the official results to appear on the video screen before she could believe it herself. Once Jones saw her name in the top three, the party was on. An elated Jones fell to the floor, kicking and screaming with joy. She was heading back to the Olympics with a chance for redemption.
“I’m just thrilled to have another shot,” Jones said.
Simply put; she has waited four years for another shot to represent her country. In 2008, Jones hit the second to last hurdle in the Beijing Olympic final, ending her bid for the coveted gold medal. This year in London, she will look to put all doubts aside and regain what she believes is hers. She’s made it very clear, that she’s worked for twelve long years, for a medal that she hopes will take her a short twelve plus seconds to win.
The Oakley family congratulates Lolo on her amazing accomplishment of making back to back Olympic teams and cannot wait to see her in action in London!