The 110 meter hurdles is an event that has required the attention of some of the greatest athletes in our sport. Renaldo Nehemiah, Greg Foster, Rod Milburn, Guy Drut, Dayron Robles, Allen Johnson, Liu Xiang, Colin Jackson, and now, Aries Merritt, have given the event their very best. The event continues to attract great athletes.
Aries Merritt, World Record, 110m hurdles, 12.80!
The 110 meters is also about the competition. Jason Richardson, the 2011 World Champion, and Aries Merritt, the 2012 Olympic champion and now World record holder have not avoided each other in competition. They race each other on a sometimes weekly basis. This type of competition brings out the best in athletes.
The 110 meter hurdles requires speed and agility. It is the favorite event of many track & field fans. It is one of my favorites.
Jason Richardson, the second fastest 110m hurdler in 2012, and the Olympic silver medalist, during an interview last weekend in Newcastle, England, noted the following: " I enjoy racing against Aries Merritt. He is now the world record holder and I wanted to congratulate him on his fantastic season and world record."
Thanks to Aries Merritt for taking some time out of the celebration of his 12.80 new World record (and manager Rich Kenah for finding Aries), to answer our questions.
One final comment: Aries Merritt did not just break the World Record, he just destroyed the record. One keen observer doubted if we will see the record broken in the next decade.
What a way to end the 2012 track & field season!
"Run for your life"
A prophetic numero uno, Aries Merritt at Monaco DL (July 2012),
photo by PhotoRun.net
Special thanks to Aries Merritt, and Rich Kenah/Global Athletics & Marketing, for putting the interview together. RBR interviews work like this: We send you questions, you answer them. We correct grammar and spelling, if any, but words are the athletes.