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One of the most compelling United States Olympians coming into the 2012 Olympics is track star Lolo Jones. Jones came into the 2008 Beijing games as the favorite in the 100m hurdles, but suffered a devastating fall in the final that cost her a gold medal, as she wound up not getting on the medal podium.
After some deep soul searching, Jones decided to give it another shot, going for Olympic glory in London. She made a comeback, and qualified to run in the 100m Hurdles. But unlike 2008, Jones is not in the role of the favorite.
In fact, she is well behind her other USA teammates.
Jones finished third to Kellie Wells and Dawn Harper at the Olympic trials earlier this year, and is also behind them in the 100m hurdles betting odds available at Bovada Sportsbook. But they are all chasing Sally Pearson of Australia.
Jones actually comes in fifth on the betting odds to win gold in the 100m hurdles. She is definitely a medal contender, but the expectations are not as high. That very well could be a good thing, as she placed so much pressure on herself in 2008, and then came up short.
Jones is going off at a distant 33/1 to win the gold. Compare that to the gold medal favorite in Pearson at 8/15, and we can certainly see the big disparity.
Wells is set as the second overall favorite to win gold, going off at 5/2, while Harper comes in further back at 8/1.
The United States is well represented here on the betting odds, with the hurdles one of the most exciting events to watch at the games.
Check out these betting odds, and more on the track lines listed below as seen on Bovada.