When Lolo Jones takes to the track in Doha tonight it will be alongside three of the competitors she faced in the fateful 2008 Olympic 100m hurdles final when victory slipped from her grasp just short of the finish line - but the American insists the bad memories are long gone. She was pulling away from the field in Beijing two years ago only to clip the ninth hurdle and stumble and finish seventh.
Jones, who won her second world indoor 60m title in Doha in March, lines up at the inaugural IAAF Diamond League meeting against Dawn Harper, a fellow American, who took advantage of her mistake to win gold; Priscilla Lopes-Schliep, the bronze medallist from Canada; and Delloreen Ennis-London of Jamaica, who came fifth. Thoughts of what might have been are not eating away at Jones. "Failures are good for inspiration, but sometimes you can't prepare for bad things to happen.
"I don't think about it at all, I was over it after that year." Jones, whose personal best is 12.43secs, has a best time this year of 12.68secs, but up against such a loaded field, which also includes the world championship finalists Virginia Powell and Perdita Felicien, she expects to go faster. "It's definitely the elite of the elite," she added. * PA