Monday, August 6, 2012

Lolo Jones Gets Place In 100 hurdles semifinals

Jones, a Des Moines native who celebrated her 30th birthday Sunday, opened her Olympics on Monday with the second-fastest first-round heat in the women's 100-meter hurdles.

Jones won the last of six heats in 12.68 seconds. She was leading the final at the 2008 Beiing Olympics until clipping the ninth of 10 hurdles, and finished seventh.

World champion Sally Pearson of Australia ran the fastest first round in Olympic history, 12.57, and advanced along with all three Americans.

As fast as that was, it was slower than the 12.54 run by Great Britain's Jessica Ennis in the heptathlon. Ennis was entered in the hurdles but withdrew, citing fatigue from the seven events required for her gold medal.

Kellie Wells, an American who defeated Pearson last month, had the No. 3 time of 12.69. The third American, defending gold medalist Dawn Harper, was second in her heat in 12.75

Tiffany Porter, a former University of Michigan hurdler representing Great Britain, was third in her heat in 12.79 to advance.

Out of the shot put:Jillian Camarena-Williams, a world bronze medalist, failed Monday to qualify for the final of the women's shot put. Camarena-Williams was 16th at 59-9½. She would have had to reach 60-6½ to make the cut to 12 shot putters for Monday night's final.

Camarena-Williams, 30, who was 12th at the Beijing Games, said afterward that she injured her back in training recently.

Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Belarus led with a distance of 68 feet, 1½ inches. American Michelle Carter qualified in eighth at 61-1½.

Tia Brooks was 20th at 58-1¾. She won the NCAA championship for Oklahoma.

Women's 1,500: All three Americans advanced into the semifinals Monday. Morgan Uceny finished second in her heat (4:06.87); world champion Jennifer Simpson was sixth, right on the cut line (4:13.81); and Shannon Rowbury (4:06.03) finished seventh in her heat but advanced on time.

Woods writes for The Indianapolis Star.