The Rise of Dawn Harper-Nelson

by Steve McGill

For this month’s classic race, we’re taking a look back at the 2008 Olympic Final in the women’s 100 meter hurdles. This race was a huge race for multiple reasons, besides the obvious one that it was an Olympic final. Sometimes there are races that are so dramatic that they define careers, and this was one such a race for two key figures–gold medalist Dawn Harper-Nelson and 7th-place finisher Lolo Jones. Meanwhile, it also established the arrival of a major superstar in the event for years to come, silver medalist Sally McLellan (whom we now know as Sally Pearson).

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