Berlin 09 Diary: Day 6, Robles out of hurdles! Note by Larry Eder

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Thursday, August 20, 2009.

Dayron Robles, gold medalist, Beijing Olympics, August 2008, photo by PhotoRun.net.

Dayron Robles, the Cuban superstar over the 110 meter hurdles will not make the final. In the third semi final, Dayron made it over the second hurdle, clutched his hamstring, and put his hand in front of the third hurdle, not clearing the third hurdle. He was in obvious agony and was helped off the track.

Robles is the 2007 gold medalist in the 110 meter hurdles world champion from Osaka and in 2008, was the Olympic gold medalist. Quite popular in the athletics world, Dayron hurt himself, apparently in the early two rounds and had been considered up in the air for the semi finals.

In the men's 110m hurdle finals, the US will be represented by David Payne, Osaka bronze medalist, Beijing silver medalist and 2009 US champ, and Terrance Trammell, the silver medalist in Sydney and Athens, and silver medalist in Paris 2003 and Osaka 2007, in the finals.

My picks for the finals: David Payne, gold, Terrance Trammel, silver, Ryan Brathwaite, Barbados, bronze.

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