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