East St. Louis native Dawn Harper-Nelson will attempt to qualify for her third straight Olympic Games next week during the United States Track and Field Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore.
The 100-meter hurdles Olympic gold medalist in 2008 in Beijing and winner of the silver medal in the 2012 Olympics in London, Harper-Nelson will compete in the first round of the 100 meter hurdles on July 6 at famed Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon.
The semifinals and final will take place on July 7 with the top three placewinners advancing to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Olympics will be held Aug. 5-21.
Harper, 32, is a 2002 graduate of East St. Louis High School where she won six state championships — three each in both the 100 and 300 meter hurdles.
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Harper then attended UCLA where she was a two-time All-American.
A four time USA Track and Field champion, Harper seems to be getting better with age. In both 2014 and 2015, Harper was ranked No. 1 in the world in the 100 meter hurdles.
Harvey, Card to compete
Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville senior Julian Harvey and recent University of Wisconsin graduate Kelsey Card will also compete in the United States Olympic Track and Field Trials in the next few days.
Harvey, a graduate of Edwardsville High School, will compete in the long jump preliminaries on Saturday. Seeded 22nd entering the competition, Harvey qualified with a winning leap of 25 feet, 10 3/4 inches at the Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Championships.
Card, who won the NCAA Division I National championship in the women’s discus two weeks ago, will compete in both the shot put and discus. A Carlinville native, Card will compete in the first round of the discus on Friday and the finals on Saturday. The women’s shot put begins on July 7.