Beijing Flash! Augut 18, 2008-Lo Lo Jones leads 100m hurdle qualifers, Kallur Crashes into first hurdle out of competition, by Larry Eder


Lo Lo Jones continues her super hurdling, with a personal best of 12.43 leading the field. In the second semi, Susana Kallur of Sweden crashed into the first hurdle, ending her Beijing dreams...

Women's 100 meter hurdles, semi finals

Lo Lo Jones of the U.S. took control by the third hurdle and just continued her systematic control over the final seven hurdles, running a personal best of 12.43. Her timing over the barriers is precise, her focus is clear and she is the clear favorite for the final. Jones noted afterwards, " It means nothing, I will forget aobut it and I will do much better..When you put pressure on someone in the hurdles, tehy crack, I try to do that...."

Delloreen Ennis London of Jamaica ran 12.67 for second, Pricscila Lopes Schliep of Canada ran 12.68 for third and Sally McLellan of Australia ran 12.70 for fourth, all qualifying for the final.

In the second semi final, Damu Cherry of the US ran 12.62 to lead the qualifiers in this round. Dawn Harper of the US followed Cherry in 12.66. Bridgitte Foster Hylton of Jamaica took third in 12.76. In fourth, Sarah Claxton of Great Britian in 12.84. All four moved on to the final.

Susana Kallur of Sweden, beset with injuries all year, tried too hard on the first hurdle and hit it hard, going down. " For the first time this summer, I felt really good shape, but I pushed too much..."

Oh, and one final thing. Lo Lo Jones apparently complained that she can not get a date. So, as a public service, I will be happy to deliver to Ms. Jones any proposals for dating. Please send a picture, why Lo Lo should date you, that you are not a creep, and we will send it to her sponsor who can pass it on.

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