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Dawn Harper, 24, took the gold in the Women’s 100 meter hurdles final in Beijing on August 19, 2008. The strong field of women hurdlers included Damu Cherry and favorite Lolo Jones, who faltered, opening the door for Harper to leap through.

This was Harper’s Olympic debut. She is coached by Bob Kersee, husband and former coach of Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Both women hail from East St. Louis, Illinois.

Damu Cherry took 4th place and Lolo Jones came in 7th.

Check out photos of America’s latest superstar. Her life will be forever changed by her victory. We’ve also got a photo of Lolo Jones’ faltering stumble.