African-American hurdler Dawn Harper won silver in the women’s 100-meter hurdles race on Aug. 7 during the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. She finished just ahead of Kellie Wells, another African-American hurdler for USA.
Harper, 28, who won gold in the 100-meter hurdles during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, ran 12.37 in the event, just two-one-hundredths of a second from successfully defending her Olympic gold medal title; Australia’s Sally Pearson beat her with a new Olympic record time of 12.35 seconds for the gold.
Wells, a native of Richmond, Va., took the bronze medal with a finish of 12.48 seconds. She beat another American hurdler, Lori “LoLo” Jones, who finished fourth with a time of 12.58 seconds.
Jones, a 30-year-old American of Native American, African-French and Norwegian descent, is most famous for clipping the last hurdle of the 100-meter hurdles race during the 2008 Games in Beijing. She was the favorite to win the event in ’08 and held the lead through seven hurdles, but the mistake on the last hurdle caused her to fall behind in the race to seventh place, while Harper sprinted ahead for the win.