Harper relaxes on the eve of the 2013 season


London silver medallist in 100 m hurdles intends to compete in Moscow


Two-time Olympic medalist Dawn Harper is taking some well-deserved time off from running. "I'm on break now, and I'm kicking back.I told myself, 'I am not running anywhere. I'm not running across the street. I'm not jogging anywhere. I'm on break.'" Harper said. The American placed second in the 100-meter hurdles at the 2012 London Olympics last month. "I wanted to defend my title, but I just came up short," said Harper, whose personal best time of 12.37 was just two-hundreds of a second behind gold-medal winner Sally Pearson of Australia. "I just know that I gave the best I had. You can't be mad about it. I'm really, really excited about it. It was a good race." Harper's break will end in late October or early November when she starts training for the 2013 World Championships next August in Moscow. "When we start back up, it's going to be hard core until Moscow," Harper said. Harper, 28, has no plans for retirement. "I love running and I feel like I'm just catching my stride," Harper said.

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