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110 metres Hurdles, Men

Date7 – 8 August 2012
LocationOlympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Participants53 from 33 countries
Olympic Record 12.91 / Liu Xiang CHN / 27 August 2004

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.

13236Aries MerrittUSA13.07 (1 h5)12.94 (1 h2)12.92 (1)Gold
23246Jason RichardsonUSA13.33 (1 h2)13.13 (1 h1)13.04 (2)Silver
32182Hansle ParchmentJAM13.32 (2 h3)13.14 (2 h3)13.12 (3)Bronze
41804Lawrence ClarkeGBR13.42 (2 h2)13.31 (3 h1)13.39 (4)
51125Ryan BrathwaiteBAR13.23 (2 h5)13.23 (2 h2)13.40 (5)
61477Orlando OrtegaCUB13.26 (1 h3)13.26 (2 h1)13.43 (6)
72781Lehann FourieRSA13.49 (2 h4)13.28 (3 h3)13.53 (7)
AC r3/31478Dayron RoblesCUB13.33 (1 h4)13.10 (1 h3)– (AC)
3 h2 r2/31363Xie WenjunCHN13.43 (3 h5)13.34 (3 h2)
4 h1 r2/31136Adrien DegheltBEL13.52 (3 h1)13.42 (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/31840Andy TurnerGBR13.42 (1 h6)13.42 (4 h2)
4 h3 r2/32127Emanuele AbateITA13.46 (4 h5)13.35 (4 h3)
5 h1 r2/31748Garfield DarienFRA13.54 (4 h1)13.48 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/32572Selim NurudeenNGR13.51 (2 h6)13.55 (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/33245Jeff PorterUSA13.53 (3 h4)13.41 (5 h3)
6 h1 r2/33042Wayne DavisTTO13.52 (4 h2)13.49 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/31740Dimitri BascouFRA13.57 (4 h4)13.55 (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/32829Sergey ShubenkovRUS13.26 (1 h1)13.41 (6 h3)
7 h1 r2/31979Kostas DouvalidisGRE13.40 (2 h1)13.77 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/31421Paulo VillarCOL13.55 (5 h1)13.63 (7 h2)
7 h3 r2/31162Maksim LynshaBLR13.47 (3 h2)13.45 (7 h3)
8 h2 r2/32827Konstantin ShabanovRUS13.63 (3 h3)13.65 (8 h2)
8 h3 r2/31750Ladji DoucouréFRA13.67 (4 h3)13.74 (8 h3)
AC h1 r2/32548Gregory SedocNED13.52 (3 h6)– (AC h1)
AC h2 r2/32183Richard PhillipsJAM13.47 (5 h5)– (AC h2)
4 h6 r1/31633Jackson QuiñónezESP13.76 (4 h6)
5 h2 r1/32185Andrew RileyJAM13.59 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/33050Mikel ThomasTTO13.74 (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/31128Greggmar SwiftBAR13.62 (5 h4)
5 h6 r1/32040Balázs BajiHUN13.76 (5 h6)
6 h1 r1/31894Matthias BühlerGER13.68 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/32707João AlmeidaPOR13.69 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/31890Erik BalnuweitGER13.77 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/31906Alexander JohnGER13.67 (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/32044Dániel KissHUN13.62 (6 h5)
7 h1 r1/31358Shi DongpengCHN13.78 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/32081Rouhollah AskariIRI13.97 (7 h2)
7 h4 r1/32381Fawaz Al-ShammariKUW14.00 (7 h4)
7 h5 r1/32805Aleksey DryominRUS13.75 (7 h5)
8 h1 r1/31884David IlarianiGEO13.90 (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/31326Ronald ForbesCAY14.21 (8 h2)
8 h4 r1/32742Héctor CottoPUR14.08 (8 h4)
8 h5 r1/32028Jeffrey JulmisHAI13.87 (8 h5)
9 h4 r1/32421Ahmad HazerLBN14.82 (9 h4)
9 h5 r1/32038Ronald BennettHON14.45 (9 h5)
AC2744Enrique LlanosPUR– (AC h2)DNF
AC1829Andy PozziGBR– (AC h3)DNF
AC2445Ali KaméMAD– (AC h3)DQ
AC1110Shamar SandsBAH35.44 (AC h3)DQ
AC1126Shane BrathwaiteBAR– (AC h6)DNF
AC1356Liu XiangCHN– (AC h6)DNF
AC2664Artur NogaPOL– (AC h6)DNF
AC2909Moussa DembeleSEN– (AC h6)DQ

Round One (7 August 2012 — 10:10)

Top three in each heat and next six fastest advanced to the quarter-finals.

Heat One (10:10)

Wind0.6 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
19Sergey ShubenkovRUS13.260.157Q
22Kostas DouvalidisGRE13.400.163Q
38Adrien DegheltBEL13.520.158Q
44Garfield DarienFRA13.540.171q
53Paulo VillarCOL13.550.169q
66Matthias BühlerGER13.680.157
77Shi DongpengCHN13.780.150
85David IlarianiGEO13.900.158

Heat Two (10:17)

Wind0.8 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
12Jason RichardsonUSA13.330.192Q
26Lawrence ClarkeGBR13.420.160Q
33Maksim LynshaBLR13.470.168Q
47Wayne DavisTTO13.520.169q
59Andrew RileyJAM13.590.174
65João AlmeidaPOR13.690.116
78Rouhollah AskariIRI13.970.182
81Ronald ForbesCAY14.210.161
AC4Enrique LlanosPUR0.174DNF

Heat Three (10:24)

Wind1.2 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
14Orlando OrtegaCUB13.260.158Q
28Hansle ParchmentJAM13.320.145Q
36Konstantin ShabanovRUS13.630.140Q
42Ladji DoucouréFRA13.670.170ADV1
57Mikel ThomasTTO13.740.135
69Erik BalnuweitGER13.770.152
AC5Andy PozziGBR0.143DNF
AC1Shamar SandsBAH35.440.160DQ3

Heat Four (10:31)

Wind0.1 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
19Dayron RoblesCUB13.330.172Q
24Lehann FourieRSA13.490.159Q
32Jeff PorterUSA13.530.148Q
47Dimitri BascouFRA13.570.149q
51Greggmar SwiftBAR13.620.150
66Alexander JohnGER13.670.195
75Fawaz Al-ShammariKUW14.000.174
88Héctor CottoPUR14.080.158
93Ahmad HazerLBN14.820.195

Heat Five (10:38)

Wind0.7 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
17Aries MerrittUSA13.070.142Q
23Ryan BrathwaiteBAR13.230.166Q
32Xie WenjunCHN13.430.143Q
41Emanuele AbateITA13.460.146q
59Richard PhillipsJAM13.470.154q
66Dániel KissHUN13.620.188
75Aleksey DryominRUS13.750.151
88Jeffrey JulmisHAI13.870.161
94Ronald BennettHON14.450.207

Heat Six (10:45)

Wind0.4 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
17Andy TurnerGBR13.420.159Q
29Selim NurudeenNGR13.510.141Q
38Gregory SedocNED13.520.157Q
46Jackson QuiñónezESP13.760.139
53Balázs BajiHUN13.760.154
AC2Shane BrathwaiteBAR0.124DNF
AC4Liu XiangCHN0.123DNF
AC5Artur NogaPOL0.173DNF
AC1Moussa DembeleSEN0.167DQ4

Semi-Finals (8 August 2012 — 19:15)

Top two in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the final.

Heat One (19:15)

Wind-0.5 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
15Jason RichardsonUSA13.130.160Q
26Orlando OrtegaCUB13.260.151Q
34Lawrence ClarkeGBR13.310.159q
48Adrien DegheltBEL13.420.142
53Garfield DarienFRA13.480.154
62Wayne DavisTTO13.490.165
77Kostas DouvalidisGRE13.770.146
AC9Gregory SedocNED0.189DNF

Heat Two (19:23)

Wind0.1 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
17Aries MerrittUSA12.940.147Q
24Ryan BrathwaiteBAR13.230.159Q
39Xie WenjunCHN13.340.158
46Andy TurnerGBR13.420.151
55Selim NurudeenNGR13.550.153
63Dimitri BascouFRA13.550.150
72Paulo VillarCOL13.630.177
88Konstantin ShabanovRUS13.650.154
AC1Richard PhillipsJAM0.146DNF

Heat Three (19:31)

Wind0.1 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
17Dayron RoblesCUB13.100.162Q
25Hansle ParchmentJAM13.140.172Q
36Lehann FourieRSA13.280.139q
42Emanuele AbateITA13.350.150
59Jeff PorterUSA13.410.153
64Sergey ShubenkovRUS13.410.156
78Maksim LynshaBLR13.450.167
83Ladji DoucouréFRA13.740.189

Final (8 August 2012 — 21:15)

Wind-0.3 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
16Aries MerrittUSA12.920.143
24Jason RichardsonUSA13.040.194
37Hansle ParchmentJAM13.120.172
42Lawrence ClarkeGBR13.390.169
58Ryan BrathwaiteBAR13.400.163
69Orlando OrtegaCUB13.430.135
73Lehann FourieRSA13.530.136
AC5Dayron RoblesCUB0.159DQ5