Athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Men's 110 metres hurdles
|Men's 110 metres hurdles|
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
Interior view of the Estádio Olímpico João Havelange, where the Men's 110m hurdles took place.
|Dates||15 August 2016 |
16 August 2016
(semi-final & final)
|Competitors||41 from 27 nations|
The 2012 Olympic champion Aries Merritt did not return after failing at the American Olympic Trials. Olympic medallists David Oliver and Jason Richardson also did not compete. With Sergey Shubenkov absent due to the Russian team's doping ban and an injury to Hansle Parchment, none of the 2012 Olympic or 2015 World Championships podium athletes was present. The top entrant was Omar McLeod, who held the season-leading time of 12.98 seconds and won 60 m hurdles gold at the 2016 World Indoor Championships. Devon Allen, an American college football player, was his nation's trials winner and ranked second globally on 13.03 seconds, just ahead of Cuban-Spaniard Orlando Ortega. France and the United States provided the next fastest entrants in Dimitri Bascou, Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, Ronnie Ash and Jeff Porter.
The final started with all eight competitors reaching the first hurdle virtually at the same time. In the center of the track Omar McLeod touching down fractionally ahead of Dimitri Bascou and Pascal Martinot-Lagarde the two Frenchmen who sandwiched him and Milan Trajkovic in lane 8. Going into the second hurdle Bascou gained the fractional edge, but the three in the center of the track ran almost in synchronization for five hurdles, pulling away from the rest of the field. By the sixth hurdle, McLeod had again gained the fractional edge. McLeod continued smoothly but Martinot-Lagarde hit the sixth hurdle and Bascou was awkward going into the seventh hurdle giving McLeod the break away. Over the next two hurdles, McLeod extended his lead as Orlando Ortega and Ronnie Ash began to emerge ahead of the row of hurdlers across the track. Ash hit the ninth hurdle so badly when he arrived at the tenth hurdle he was short, his lead foot hitting the barrier at toe level, knocking the hurdle over and knocking Ash off balance, still in third place but falling. McLeod continued to finish with more than a metre lead over Ortega. Bascou had the lead over his teammate Martinot-Lagarde and American footballer Devon Allen. Ash took several awkward steps and somersaulted over the finish line in last, only to be disqualified for not properly clearing the hurdle.
Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||Aries Merritt (USA)||12.80||Brussels, Belgium||7 September 2012|
|Olympic record||Liu Xiang (CHN)||12.91||Athens, Greece||27 August 2004|
|Africa (records)||13.24||+0.3||Lehann Fourie||South Africa|
|Asia (records)||12.88||+1.1||Liu Xiang||China|
|Europe (records)||12.91||+0.5||Colin Jackson||Great Britain|
|North, Central America
and Caribbean (records)
|12.80 WR||+0.3||Aries Merritt||United States|
|Oceania (records)||13.29||+0.6||Kyle Vander Kuyp||Australia|
|South America (records)||13.27||+1.6||Paulo Villar||Colombia|
|Monday, 15 August 2016||20:40||Heats|
|Tuesday, 16 August 2016||20:40
The competition was divided into three rounds: a heats stage with five races, three semi-final races, and a final. The top three from each heat will qualify for the semi-final, plus the nine fastest non-qualifiers. The top two finishers from each of the semi-finals qualifies for the final, as do the two fastest non-qualifiers.
The first two rounds were run in the rain. It was determined the non-qualifiers from those heats were disadvantaged in time comparison, and those athletes were allowed to run in a repechage round to improve their qualifying time. Two athletes Deuce Carter and Alexander John had been disqualified for failure to properly clear hurdles in those earlier races and were allowed to re-enter. Carter qualified for the semi-finals from the special race.
Qualification rule: first 4 of each heat (Q) plus the 4 fastest times (q) qualified.
|2||7||Jeff Porter||United States||13.50||Q|
|Wind: +0.1 m/s|
|Wind: +0.4 m/s|
|2||9||Andrew Pozzi||Great Britain||13.50||Q|
|4||8||João Vítor de Oliveira||Brazil||13.63||Q, SB|
|5||3||Antonio Alkana||South Africa||13.64||q|
|6||2||Petr Svoboda||Czech Republic||13.65||q[a]|
|7||7||Mikel Thomas||Trinidad and Tobago||13.68|
|8||5||Eddie Lovett||Virgin Islands||13.77|
|Wind: +1.4 m/s|
|2||9||Devon Allen||United States||13.41||Q|
|6||4||Ronald Forbes||Cayman Islands||14.67|
|Wind: +0.1 m/s|
|1||9||Ronnie Ash||United States||13.31||Q|
|3||5||Lawrence Clarke||Great Britain||13.55||Q|
|4||8||Éder Antônio Souza||Brazil||13.61||Q, SB|
|Wind: −0.2 m/s|
Heat 6 Repechage
|Wind: −0.1 m/s|
- a Petr Svoboda was originally disqualified under Rule 168.7. His advancement later to the semi-finals indicates a reversal of that decision.
|2||5||Ronnie Ash||United States||13.36||Q|
|5||4||Andrew Pozzi||Great Britain||13.67|
|Wind: +0.5 m/s|
|3||6||Devon Allen||United States||13.36||q|
|6||8||Lawrence Clarke||Great Britain||13.46|
|7||2||Antonio Alkana||South Africa||13.55|
|8||1||Petr Svoboda||Czech Republic||13.67|
|9||3||João Vítor de Oliveira||Brazil||13.85|
|Wind: −0.1 m/s|
|3||4||Jeff Porter||United States||13.45|
|–||9||Éder Antônio Souza||Brazil||DQ||R168.7|
|Wind: +0.3 m/s|
|5||3||Devon Allen||United States||13.31|
|–||9||Ronnie Ash||United States||DQ||R168.7|
|Wind: +0.2 m/s|
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