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Athletics at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's 110 metres Hurdles

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 7, 2012
Date Finished: August 8, 2012

Gold: USA Aries Merritt
Silver: USA Jason Richardson
Bronze: JAM Hansle Parchment

Summary

Although many experts looked to the last two gold medalists, China's Liu Xiang (2004) or Cuba's Dayron Robles (2008), as favorites, American Aries Merritt had been having the best year and was undefeated in 2012 coming into London, including a win at the 2012 World Indoors. Merritt had been World Junior Champion back in 2004, but had never before made the Olympic team. Another American was also highly considered, that being Jason Richardson, the 2011 World Champion.

Liu was out of the event quickly. In his heat he slammed the first barrier, and crumpled to the track, having torn his right Achilles' tendon, the same Achilles that had forced him from the 2008 Olympics. Robles made it to the final, and got a good start, but his hamstring was iffy, and it gave out mid-race. He walked across the line in 42.86 but was later disqualified. In his semi, Merritt showed his form in running 12.94, the fastest time ever outside of a final.

Merritt was off quickly in the final, leading from the start, and was never headed, winning in a PR 12.92, his fifth time of 2012 under 12.95 seconds. Behind him Richardson won the silver, with the bronze going to Jamaican Hansle Parchment. Thirty days after the Olympic final, Merritt shattered the world record, running 12.80 to win the Van Damme Invitational in Brussels. It was the end of one of the great seasons ever in hurdling, as it marked his eighth legal mark under 13.00 in 2012, the most in history.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Aries Merritt 27 United States USA Gold
2 Jason Richardson 26 United States USA Silver
3 Hansle Parchment 22 Jamaica JAM Bronze
4 Lawrence Clarke 22 Great Britain GBR
5 Ryan Brathwaite 24 Barbados BAR
6 Orlando Ortega 20 Cuba CUB
7 Lehann Fourie 25 South Africa RSA
AC r3/3 Dayron Robles 25 Cuba CUB
3 h2 r2/3 Xie Wenjun 22 China CHN
4 h1 r2/3 Adrien Deghelt 27 Belgium BEL
4 h2 r2/3 Andy Turner 31 Great Britain GBR
4 h3 r2/3 Emanuele Abate 27 Italy ITA
5 h1 r2/3 Garfield Darien 24 France FRA
5 h2 r2/3 Selim Nurudeen 29 Nigeria NGR
5 h3 r2/3 Jeff Porter 26 United States USA
6 h1 r2/3 Wayne Davis 20 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
6 h2 r2/3 Dimitri Bascou 25 France FRA
6 h3 r2/3 Sergey Shubenkov 21 Russia RUS
7 h1 r2/3 Kostas Douvalidis-Ricks 25 Greece GRE
7 h2 r2/3 Paulo Villar 33 Colombia COL
7 h3 r2/3 Maksim Lynsha 27 Belarus BLR
8 h2 r2/3 Konstantin Shabanov 22 Russia RUS
8 h3 r2/3 Ladji Doucouré 29 France FRA
AC h1 r2/3 Gregory Sedoc 30 Netherlands NED
AC h2 r2/3 Richard Phillips 29 Jamaica JAM
4 h6 r1/3 Jackson Quiñonez 32 Spain ESP
5 h2 r1/3 Andrew Riley 23 Jamaica JAM
5 h3 r1/3 Mikel Thomas 24 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
5 h4 r1/3 Greggmar Swift 21 Barbados BAR
5 h6 r1/3 Balázs Baji 23 Hungary HUN
6 h1 r1/3 Matthias Bühler 25 Germany GER
6 h2 r1/3 João Almeida 24 Portugal POR
6 h3 r1/3 Erik Balnuweit 23 Germany GER
6 h4 r1/3 Alexander John 26 Germany GER
6 h5 r1/3 Dániel Kiss 30 Hungary HUN
7 h1 r1/3 Shi Dongpeng 28 China CHN
7 h2 r1/3 Rouhollah Askari 30 Iran IRI
7 h4 r1/3 Fawaz Al-Shammari 35 Kuwait KUW
7 h5 r1/3 Aleksey Dryomin 23 Russia RUS
8 h1 r1/3 David Ilariani 31 Georgia GEO
8 h2 r1/3 Ronald Forbes 27 Cayman Islands CAY
8 h4 r1/3 Héctor Cotto 27 Puerto Rico PUR
8 h5 r1/3 Jeffrey Julmis 28 Haiti HAI
9 h4 r1/3 Ahmad Hazer 22 Lebanon LIB
9 h5 r1/3 Ronald Bennett 27 Honduras HON
AC Enrique Llanos 32 Puerto Rico PUR DNF
AC Andy Pozzi 20 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Kame Ali 27 Madagascar MAD DQ
AC Shamar Sands 27 Bahamas BAH DQ
AC Shane Brathwaite 22 Barbados BAR DNF
AC Liu Xiang 29 China CHN DNF
AC Artur Noga 24 Poland POL DNF
AC Moussa Dembele 23 Senegal SEN DQ