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Dawn Harper-Nelson, Olympic hurdles champ, to retire this year

16th IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017 - Day Nine

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Dawn Harper Nelson of the United States, silver, celebrates with an American flag after the Women’s 100 metres hurdles final during day nine of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017 at The London Stadium on August 12, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

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Dawn Harper-Nelson, an Olympic 100m hurdles gold and silver medalist, reportedly said she will retire after this season.

“Since I was a child, there were always three things I wanted: to be an Olympic gold medalist, a wife and a mom,” the 33-year-old said, according to Reuters. “Right now I am two for three and I’m feeling the urge to be someone’s mom.

“So this is it for me.”

Harper-Nelson emerged in 2008, making the Olympic team by finishing third at trials (by .007), then passing a stumbling Lolo Jones going into the final hurdle for gold in Beijing.

After placing seventh at worlds in 2009 and third in 2011, she missed a repeat Olympic title in 2012 by .02, edged by Australian Sally Pearson in a reversal of their 2008 finish. Harper-Nelson ran personal bests in each Olympic final.

Harper-Nelson was then eliminated in the 2016 Olympic Trials semifinals but bounced back to take silver at last summer’s world championships (also behind Pearson).

Throughout her career, Harper-Nelson competed in one of the deepest events in U.S. track and field, making her longevity all the more impressive.

Five American women from her era have faster personal bests, but none can match her Olympic medal record.

Harper-Nelson is en route to Doha for the Diamond League season opener Friday.

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