Dayron Robles, the world record holder in the 110m hurdles, and the 2008 Olympic gold medalist, will be visiting the US in the coming weeks. Robles is one of the most popular athletes in track & field and also one of the most traveled Cuban athletes of his generation.
Last summer, Dayron Robles was disqualified in the final of the 110m hurdles. It was, in many keen observers minds, a questionable decision. This past winter, RBR met with Dayron Robles in Birmingham at the AVIVA Indoor Grand Prix at the NAI Stadium in Birmngham, UK. Robles took second to Lui Xiang in that race, over 60 meters.
Robles is a student of the sport. He and David Oliver had a wonderfully animated, and humorous interview together last summer in Paris, just before the AREVA Paris meeting. Both athletes knew how many times that they had raced against each other, win-loss, etc. Robles is a consumate hurdler and sprinter, who understands his craft, is highly competitive, and races well with lots of competition nearby.
Dayron Robles will be competing in the adidas Grand Prix NYC on June 9. The 110m hurdles in New York will feature Jason Richardson, 2011 WC, David Oliver, Olympic bronze medalist, and Aries Merritt, 2012 World Indoor Champ and fastest 110m hurlder in 2012 (13.03, 12.98 wind aided).
This is, the best 110m hurdle race of the year, so far.
Robles will also be running, the week before, at the Nike Pre Classic (June 2). Two great races in one week, should be an excellent adventure for Dayron Robles.
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NEW YORK (USA): Both AP and Reuters reported last evening that Dayron Robles, the World Record-holder and reigning Olympic gold medalist, has joined the field for the 110 m hurdles at the adidas Grand Prix. This follows a media report from April where Dayron talked about it as well. This would be the Cuban champion's first trip to New York. What we do know is that Americans Jason Richardson, David Oliver and Aries Merritt will all be here to greet him. Robles was number one in the world last year, but Richardson and Oliver were world champion and US record holder, and Merritt just won the World Indoor title at 60m. Is this the Olympic final already? Robles will run also Pre Classic on June 2 before New York.