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Lolo Jones qualifies for US Olympic track team

Lolo Jones, who has gained attention in recent weeks for her sexual abstinence, placed third at the Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon.
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Lolo Jones poses with her gold medal on the podium of the women's 60m hurdles final at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championships at the Aspire Dome in the Qatari capital Doha on March 13, 2010. (Marwan Naamani/AFP/Getty Images)

Lolo Jones qualified for the US Olympic Track team late Saturday, securing the runner another shot at Olympic success after she stumbled and placed seventh in Beijing in 2008, USA Today reported

Jones, who has gained media attention in recent weeks for her choice to remain sexually abstinent, finished behind teammates Dawn Harper and Kellie Wells in the 100-meter hurdle trial in Eugene, Oregon, the Associated Press reported

"I had my sports psychologist on speed dial one, my pastor on speed dial two and my mom on speed dial three," Jones, who underwent surgery last August to fix a tethered spinal cord, said of the pressure this weekend. "It was crazy."

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29-year-old Jones finished in 12.86 seconds; Harper did the sprint in 12.73, and Wells came in at 12.77, CBS News reported.

Lolo was the favorite to win in Beijing, but she tripped and fell on her second-to-last hurdle, the AP reported. Dawn Harper, who finished first in this year's trials, was the gold medalist in 2008, USA Today reported. 

"Make no mistake: Harper is viewed as the United States' best chance at a gold in this event across the pond," CBS News reported. "Don't make a mistake about this, either: Jones' inclusion is massive. Outside of NBA players, Phelps and Lochte, the United States is anemic with recognizable names this go-round." 

"I didn't even think I would make the team," Jones said, Agence France Presse reported. "I'm just thrilled to have another shot." 

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