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Victoria Komova

Olympic Daily News - Tuesday, August 7

For Lolo Jones, once again a medal was so near and yet so far away.On a night when the United States track and field team grabbed four medals -- none of them gold -- the American hurdler again was kept from taking a spot on an Olympic podium for the first time.It's difficult to say which of her missed opportunities will weigh heavier for the 30-year-old Jones, because both were heartbreaking for different reasons.Four years ago in Beijing she was the heavy favorite and was one hurdle away from gold before hitting the penultimate barrier and stumbling to a seventh- place finish.Here in London she didn't even have the best chance at medaling among her American teammates and turned in a season-best run that left her just shy of bronze.In fact, unlike Beijing, the winner of the women's 100-meter hurdles at the London Games was indeed the heavy favorite -- Sally Pearson of Australia. Pearson won the race with an Olympic record time, leaving little doubt as to who is the best in the world in...

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