Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's 110 metres hurdles
|Men's 110 metres hurdles
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
|Competitors||53 from 33 nations|
|Athletics at the
2012 Summer Olympics
|100 m hurdles||women|
|110 m hurdles||men|
|400 m hurdles||men||women|
|4×100 m relay||men||women|
|4×400 m relay||men||women|
|20 km walk||men||women|
|50 km walk||men|
The qualifying round was notable for who was eliminated. In heat 3, Shamar Sands was in the lead until he hit the sixth hurdle, crashing into the next hurdle and somersaulting into a heap, making him one of three athletes in that heat not to make it to the finish line. In the fifth heat, Aries Merritt ran the fastest qualifying time by far with a 13.07. In the final heat, 2004 gold medalist Liu Xiang reminded viewers of his 2008 performance, failing to clear the first hurdle, and injuring his right achilles. After a minute on the track, Liu got up onto his left leg and hopped off the track. Refusing a wheelchair assist and medical attention, he returned to the track and hopped all the way to the final hurdle. Returning to his assigned lane 4, Liu kissed the top of the tenth hurdle, perhaps signifying the end of his Olympic career. He then hopped across the finish line, where he was assisted off the track by heat winner Andy Turner, Balázs Baji and Jackson Quiñónez.
The semi final round was again dominated by Merritt running a 12.94. World record holder and defending champion Dayron Robles led Hansle Parchment to the Jamaican national record in 13.14. 13.31 qualified on time.
In the final, Robles and Merritt got the fastest starts but Merritt pulled ahead at hurdle 3, by hurdle 5 Robles was wincing in pain, pushing over the sixth hurdle and holding his leg. Merritt continued to a personal best 12.92 and a .12 win over reigning world champion Jason Richardson. Parchment took another .02 off his national record for the bronze, the rest of the field was not even close, more than a quarter of a second behind.
The Men's 110m Hurdles competition consisted of heats (Round 1), Semifinals and a Final. The fastest competitors from each race in the heats qualified for the Semifinals along with the fastest overall competitors not already qualified that were required to fill the available spaces in the Semifinals.
Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows:
|World record||Dayron Robles (CUB)||12.87||Ostrava, Czech Republic||12 June 2008|
|Olympic record||Liu Xiang (CHN)||12.91||Athens, Greece||27 August 2004|
|2012 World leading||Aries Merritt (USA)||12.93||Eugene, OR, United States||30 June 2012|
|London, (CP), United Kingdom||13 July 2012|
|Monaco, Monaco||20 July 2012|
|Broken records during the 2012 Summer Olympics|
|2012 World leading||Aries Merritt (USA)||12.92||London, United Kingdom||8 August 2012|
|Tuesday, 7 August 2012||10:10||Round 1|
|Wednesday, 8 August 2012||19:15
Qual. rule: first 3 of each heat (Q) plus the 6 fastest times (q) qualified.
|5||Paulo Villar||Colombia||13.55||q, SB|
|1||Jason Richardson||United States||13.33||Q|
|2||Lawrence Clarke||Great Britain||13.42||Q|
|3||Maksim Lynsha||Belarus||13.47||Q, SB|
|4||Wayne Davis||Trinidad and Tobago||13.52||q|
|6||João Carlos Almeida||Portugal||13.69|
|8||Ronald Forbes||Cayman Islands||14.21|
|N/A||Enrique Llanos||Puerto Rico||N/A||DNF|
|5||Mikel Thomas||Trinidad and Tobago||13.74|
|N/A||Andrew Pozzi||Great Britain||N/A||DNF|
- Ali Kamé was disqualified for false starting.
- Both Andrew Pozzi and Shamar Sands failed to finish the race.
|2||Lehann Fourie||South Africa||13.49||Q, SB|
|3||Jeff Porter||United States||13.53||Q|
|8||Héctor Cotto||Puerto Rico||14.08|
|1||Aries Merritt||United States||13.07||Q|
|2||Ryan Brathwaite||Barbados||13.23||Q, SB|
|1||Andy Turner||Great Britain||13.42||Q|
|2||Selim Nurudeen||Nigeria||13.51||Q, PB|
Qual. rule: first 2 of each heat (Q) plus the 2 fastest times (q) qualified.
Wind: Heat 1: -0.5 m/s
|1||Jason Richardson||United States||13.13||Q|
|3||Lawrence Clarke||Great Britain||13.31||q, PB|
|6||Wayne Davis||Trinidad and Tobago||13.49|
Wind: Heat 2: +0.1 m/s
|1||Aries Merritt||United States||12.94||Q|
|2||Ryan Brathwaite||Barbados||13.23||Q, SB|
|4||Andy Turner||Great Britain||13.42|
Wind: Heat 3: +0.1 m/s
|1||Dayron Robles||Cuba||13.10||Q, SB|
|2||Hansle Parchment||Jamaica||13.14||Q, NR|
|3||Lehann Fourie||South Africa||13.28||q, PB|
|5||Jeff Porter||United States||13.41|
|Aries Merritt||United States||12.92||WL, PB|
|Jason Richardson||United States||13.04|
|4||Lawrence Clarke||Great Britain||13.39|
|7||Lehann Fourie||South Africa||13.53|
- Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics
- "Men's 110m Hurdles". London 2012 Organising Committee. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
- "Men's 110m competition format". London 2012 Organising Committee. Retrieved 12 June 2012.