Hard-luck Lolo Jones wins gold in record style at indoor track world championships.
Written by: Matt Fitzgerald
American hurdler Lolo Jones has had so many setbacks (chief among them her fall in the 100m hurdles in Beijing) that, in reporting on her victory Saturday in the 60m hurdles at the IAAF Indoor World Championships in Dohar, Qatar, letsrun.com mistakenly implied that it was her first victory in a major final. In fact, Jones won the same event last year. Only this time she broke the American record in the process, blazing a 7.72 to move up to third on the all-time list.
Check out our Competitor Q&A with Lolo Jones.
There were two distance finals on day two of the world championships. Ethiopia’s Meseret Defar used her trademark sprint to claim victory in the women’s 3000m, her fourth consecutive world title. Desiree Davila was well back in 10th place.
In the men’s 1500m final, another Ethiopian title defender, Deresse Mekonnen, overcame a lot of bumping and jostling to reach the finish line first in a slow but sufficient 3:41.86. The only American in the final, Garrett Heath, finished seventh after having set a personal best in the heats.
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