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Robles breaks 110m Hurdles World-record in Ostrava meeting

12 June 2008

By Gary Smith

Cuban top hurdler Dayron Robles set a new world record in the men's 110-meter Hurdlers after clocking 12.87 seconds to win at the Golden Spike meet on Thursday.

The 21-year-old moved away from the field convincing at the 60m mark to erase the old mark of 12.88, set by China's Liu Xiang in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 2006.

"Wow, I did not expect that. I don't know if I can beat Liu Xiang in Beijing now but we will see," Robles said.

American Terrence Trammell finished second in 13.21 seconds and he was followed by Ukraine's Sergey Demidyuk, at 13.42.

Robles became the second runner from the Caribbean to break a world record, following Usian Bolt's 9.72-secs performance in the 100m at the Reebok Classics in New York, last month.

His world record achievement now puts extra pressure on Liu, the reigning World and Olympic champion who will start as China's biggest contender for a track and field medal gold in Beijing.

Earlier Ethiopian Dire Tune broke world record for the One Hour race after covering the 60minutes run in 18.517m. Tune added 177m to the previous record of 18,340m set by Tegla Loroupe 10 years ago in Borgholzhausen, Germany.

World 100m record holder Usain Bolt was also in action in Ostrava – winning the men’s 200m in a world-leading time of 19.83. The Jamaican only time faster that this one is the 19.75 national record and personal best he ran last year.

He also broke the 20.16 all-comers time held by Pietro Mennea of Italy from European Championships 1978 in Prahe. His meet record of 20.28-seconds, set two seasons ago also went.

“I’m happy with myself,” Bolt said on his opening half-lap performance for 2008. “I’m very happy with my time.

“It’s my first one and it’s 19-point, so I’m definitely happy.”

The Jamaican closed down his competitions on the opening 100m with some swift curve running, before comfortably cruising home ahead of Zimbabwe’s Brian Dzingai, at a distant 20.17, while American former world champion John Capel was further back in 20.71.

The event was the final one for Bolt before his sprint double attempt at the Jamaican National Championships later this month.

American World and Olympic champion over 400m Jeremy Wariner won the men's 300m comfortably in 31.73-secs.

Wariner, stepping down from his customary full-lap event blasted his way to victory over Ireland's Paul McKee.

Bahamian World silver medallist Atkins was also in commanding style, confirmed his status as the favourite for the 100m by winning the event in a solid 10.07, a performance that equalled his best time for the 2008 outdoor season.

He ran 9.98-secs to win in Oslo, at the weekend, but it was assisted by a +2.3 m/s following wind.

Meanwhile, Sudan's Abubaker Kaki race home to victory in the men's 800m in the third fastest time this season, at 1:43.80; Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya timed his run well to outkicked Ethiopia’s Tariku Bekele in the last 100 metres to win the men's 5000m in 13:02.07 to 13:03.52.

Britain's world champion Christine Ohuruogu made a successful start to season in the 400m with a time of 51.06 for first place.

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