Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's 110 metres hurdles
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|Men's 110 metres hurdles
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Dayron Robles of Cuba winning the 110 meters hurdles
|Venue||Beijing National Stadium|
|Dates||August 18 (heats)
August 20 (semifinals)
August 21 (final)
|Competitors||43 from 33 nations|
|Athletics at the
2008 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|
Dayron Robles was the clear favorite, having set the world record just two months earlier. He didn't disappoint leading the semi-final round by almost a tenth of a second, a huge margin on this level.
In the final, Robles was out first, clearly ahead by the first hurdle. From there all he did was run smoothly and pull away to a clear, dominating victory. The race for second place was almost as dominant, the two Americans, David Payne and David Oliver were clearly separating from the others, Payne slightly ahead of Oliver, with only Ladji Doucouré within a stride of Oliver. Doucouré looked to be faster, mainly because of less refined form, but on the final dash to the finish line was clearly gaining on Oliver, who himself was gaining on Payne to make the finish much closer. Robles more than doubled his margin from the semi-final round, almost a quarter of a second ahead of Payne.
Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows:
|World record||Dayron Robles (CUB)||12.87 s||Ostrava, Czech Republic||12 June 2008|
|Olympic record||Liu Xiang (CHN)||12.91 s||Athens, Greece||27 August 2004|
No new world or Olympic records were set for this event.
Each National Olympic Committee (NOC) was able to enter up to three entrants providing they had met the A qualifying standard (13.55) in the qualifying period (1 January 2007 to 23 July 2008). NOCs were also permitted to enter one athlete providing he had met the B standard (13.72) in the same qualifying period.
Qualification: First 4 in each heat (Q) and the next 8 fastest (q) advance to the Round 2.
Qualification: First 3 in each heat (Q) and the next 4 fastest (q) advance to the Semifinals.
Qualification: First 4 in each heat(Q) advance to the Final.
20 August 2008 - 21:30 Wind: -0.4 m/s
|2||6||David Payne||United States||13.21||Q, SB||0.177|
|3||5||Ladji Doucouré||France||13.22||Q, SB||0.183|
|4||3||Richard Phillips||Jamaica||13.43||Q, SB||0.153|
|7||7||Petr Svoboda||Czech Republic||13.60||0.182|
20 August 2008 - 21:39 Wind: -0.4 m/s
|1||6||David Oliver||United States||13.31||Q||0.169|
|2||5||Artur Noga||Poland||13.34||Q, PB||0.181|
|3||9||Jackson Quiñónez||Spain||13.40||Q, =SB||0.173|
|6||3||Marcel van der Westen||Netherlands||13.45||0.124|
|5||David Payne||United States||13.17||SB||0.175|
|7||David Oliver||United States||13.18||PB||0.158|