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Athletics at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Women's 100 metres Hurdles

Athletics at the 2012 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games


Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 6, 2012
Date Finished: August 7, 2012

Gold: AUS Sally McLellan-Pearson
Silver: USA Dawn Harper
Bronze: USA Kellie Wells
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Australian Sally Pearson was the 2011 World Champion and came to London as the heaviest favorite in any women's event. She had won 16 of her last 18 races since early 2011 coming into the Olympics. Her main challengers were expected to be the American Dawn Harper and Kellie Wells, and Wells had beaten Pearson shortly before the Games in a Diamond League race. The three won their semi-finals, with Pearson leading the qualifiers in 12.39, Harper with 12.46 and Wells in 12.51.

Pearson and Wells took the lead at the start in the final and ran together for most of the race. Harper was in mid-pack halfway through the race but finished strongly to pass Wells and almost catch Pearson, the Australian winning gold in an Olympic record 12.35, Harper only 0.02 back for the silver, as Wells held on for bronze in 12.48. American media darling Lolo Jones placed fourth in 12.58. The finish was close enough that the hurdlers had to wait 20 seconds before the final result was announced.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Sally McLellan-Pearson 25 Australia AUS Gold
2 Dawn Harper 28 United States USA Silver
3 Kellie Wells 30 United States USA Bronze
4 Lolo Jones 29 United States USA
5 Nevin Yanıt 26 Turkey TUR
6 Phylicia George 24 Canada CAN
7 Jessica Zelinka 30 Canada CAN
8 Beate Schrott 24 Austria AUT
3 h1 r2/3 Shermaine Williams 22 Jamaica JAM
4 h1 r2/3 Alina Talay 23 Belarus BLR
4 h2 r2/3 Tiffany Porter 24 Great Britain GBR
4 h3 r2/3 Tatyana Dektyareva 31 Russia RUS
5 h1 r2/3 Yekaterina Galitskaya 25 Russia RUS
5 h2 r2/3 Derval O'Rourke 31 Ireland IRL
5 h3 r2/3 Lucie Škrobákova-Martincová 30 Czech Republic CZE
6 h1 r2/3 Nikkita Holder 25 Canada CAN
6 h2 r2/3 Yuliya Kondakova 30 Russia RUS
6 h3 r2/3 Anne Zagré 22 Belgium BEL
7 h1 r2/3 Carolin Nytra 27 Germany GER
7 h2 r2/3 Eline Berings 26 Belgium BEL
7 h3 r2/3 Cindy Roleder 22 Germany GER
8 h2 r2/3 Ivanique Kemp 21 Bahamas BAH
AC h1 r2/3 Reïna-Flor Okori 32 France FRA
AC h3 r2/3 Marzia Caravelli 30 Italy ITA
4 h2 r1/3 Seun Adigun 25 Nigeria NGR
4 h5 r1/3 Anastasiya Soprunova 26 Kazakhstan KAZ
5 h1 r1/3 Marina Tomić 29 Slovenia SLO
5 h2 r1/3 Anastasiya Pilipenko 25 Kazakhstan KAZ
5 h5 r1/3 Sonata Tamošaitytė 25 Lithuania LTU
5 h6 r1/3 Sun Yawei 24 China CHN
6 h1 r1/3 Rosevitha Okou 25 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
6 h2 r1/3 Lecabela Quaresma 22 Sao Tome and Principe STP
6 h3 r1/3 Lina Flórez 27 Colombia COL
6 h4 r1/3 Brigitte Merlano 30 Colombia COL
6 h5 r1/3 LaVonne Idlette 26 Dominican Republic DOM
6 h6 r1/3 Noemi Zbären 18 Switzerland SUI
7 h1 r1/3 Ayako Kimura 24 Japan JPN
7 h3 r1/3 Nataliya Ivoninskaya 27 Kazakhstan KAZ
7 h4 r1/3 Jeong Hye-Rim 25 South Korea KOR
7 h5 r1/3 Dipna Lim Prasad 21 Singapore SIN
7 h6 r1/3 Brigitte Foster-Hylton 37 Jamaica JAM
8 h3 r1/3 Marthe Koala 18 Burkina Faso BUR
8 h4 r1/3 Jeimy Bernárdez 25 Honduras HON
8 h5 r1/3 Silvia Panguana 19 Mozambique MOZ
8 h6 r1/3 Odile Ahouanwanou 21 Benin BEN
9 h6 r1/3 Bibiana Olama 29 Equatorial Guinea GEQ
AC h1 r1/3 Rahamatou Dramé 27 Mali MLI DQ
AC h5 r1/3 Yekatarina Poplavskaya 25 Belarus BLR DQ