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Robles sends Olympic message to everyone, not just to Liu

19 July 2008

Cuba's world record holder Dayron Robles send another warning to everyone, including former world record holder Liu Xiang when he blasted to a thrilling 12.88-seconds to win the men's 110m hurdles in the IAAF Golden League meeting - Gaz Paris Saint-Denis - in France last night.

Robles proved to the world and to Liu that his world record performance in Ostrava was no flute and that he will be gunning hard for the gold medal when the Olympic Games start in Beijing, China next month.

The 21-year-old ran a well relaxed race from start to finish to beat another strong lineup Friday night and he said his aim is to always run fast.

“I feel very good, I am very relaxed. I know I have prepared well to reach the goals that I have set for myself,” said Robles.

“Tonight my aim was to run this fast, I knew I could run this fast because I have been training very hard.”

Robles defeated tw0-time Olympic silver medal winner, American Terrence Trammell, who finished a distant second with a time of 13.19. His fellow USA countryman Antwon Hicks was third in 13.27.

Meanwhile, despite the dominant performance in Paris, Robles still believes he is not the outright favourite for the Olympic gold, and that his performance was to send a strong message to everyone, not just to Liu.

“This is not a message to Liu Xiang. He is always a very good competitor and strong athlete. This is no message to anyone!

“In Beijing, all I want to do is take one race at a time, make sure I go through each round and reach the final.”

This is the Cuban hurdler seventh victory out of eight races so far this year and confirms the great shape he is for the Olympics.

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