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Men's 110 metres Hurdles

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Stadium, Beijing
Date Started: August 18, 2008
Date Finished: August 21, 2008

Gold: CUB Dayron Robles
Silver: USA David Payne
Bronze: USA David Oliver


At the beginning of 2008, the favorite was the defending gold medalist, China’s [Liu Xiang]. He had set the world record since 2004 and also won the 2007 World Championships. Liu’s event was highly anticipated by the Chinese, and prior to the Olympics, tickets for the 110 hurdles final were the most coveted in China. But early in 2008, Cuba’s [Dayron Robles] moved to the fore and had the best record of the year going into Beijing, including a world record of 12.87, set on 12 June in Ostrava, and breaking Liu’s mark. There were rumors that Liu was injured but information did not come out of the secretive Chinese camp, as Liu, with basketballer [Yao Ming], was the most popular athlete in China. In heat six of the first round, Liu lined up for the start and started at the gun, only to have a recall for the field false starting. He ran only a few steps but was in obvious discomfort. He turned towards the starting blocks, but kept going out the tunnel and withdrew with an injured foot tendon. The Chinese anguish in the stands was palpable. His withdrawal left the way open for Robles who won easily. In the final, he led at the first hurdle and pulled away to by 0.24 seconds. American’s [David Payne] and [David Oliver] came in for the other medals but never challenged Robles.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Dayron Robles 21 Cuba CUB Gold
2 David Payne 26 United States USA Silver
3 David Oliver 26 United States USA Bronze
4 Ladji Doucouré 25 France FRA
5 Artur Noga 20 Poland POL
6 Maurice Wignall 32 Jamaica JAM
7 Richard Phillips 25 Jamaica JAM
8 Jackson Quiñonez 28 Spain ESP
5 h1 r3/4 Kostas Douvalidis-Ricks 21 Greece GRE
5 h2 r3/4 Shi Dongpeng 24 China CHN
6 h1 r3/4 Gregory Sedoc 26 Netherlands NED
6 h2 r3/4 Marcel van der Westen 32 Netherlands NED
7 h1 r3/4 Petr Svoboda 23 Czech Republic CZE
7 h2 r3/4 Ryan Brathwaite 20 Barbados BAR
8 h1 r3/4 Paulo Villar 30 Colombia COL
8 h2 r3/4 Samuel Coco-Viloin 20 France FRA
4 h4 r2/4 Selim Nurudeen 25 Nigeria NGR
5 h2 r2/4 Andy Turner 27 Great Britain GBR
5 h3 r2/4 Dániel Kiss 26 Hungary HUN
5 h4 r2/4 Ronald Forbes 23 Cayman Islands CAY
6 h1 r2/4 Mikel Thomas 20 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
6 h2 r2/4 Lee Jeong-Jun 24 South Korea KOR
6 h3 r2/4 Allan Scott 25 Great Britain GBR
6 h4 r2/4 Ji Wei 24 China CHN
7 h1 r2/4 Igor Peremota 27 Russia RUS
7 h2 r2/4 Shamar Sands 23 Bahamas BAH
7 h3 r2/4 Dudley Dorival 32 Haiti HAI
7 h4 r2/4 Anselmo da Silva 27 Brazil BRA
8 h1 r2/4 Héctor Cotto 23 Puerto Rico PUR
8 h2 r2/4 David Ilariani 27 Georgia GEO
AC h3 r2/4 Mohamed Al-Thawadi 26 Qatar QAT
DNS h4 r2/4 Damjan Zlatnar 30 Slovenia SLO
5 h1 r1/4 Yevgeny Borisov 24 Russia RUS
5 h4 r1/4 Maksim Lynsha 23 Belarus BLR
5 h5 r1/4 Joseph-Berlioz Randriamihaja 32 Madagascar MAD
6 h1 r1/4 Oleg Normatov 26 Uzbekistan UZB
6 h4 r1/4 Stanislav Sajdok 25 Czech Republic CZE
7 h1 r1/4 Juraj Grabušić 25 Croatia CRO
7 h4 r1/4 Masato Naito 28 Japan JPN
8 h3 r1/4 Abdul Rashid 29 Pakistan PAK
AC h5 r1/4 Terrence Trammell 29 United States USA
AC h6 r1/4 Liu Xiang 25 China CHN