In my world, there are competitive events and then, there are COMPETITIVE, GUT WRENCHING EVENTS. The Men’s 110 meter hurdles is in the second classification. Perhaps our friend, Jason Richardson said it best, at an adidas New York Presser. Jason noted that 110m hurdlers compete against each other, week in, week out, as they are not the most popular of track events.
I believe that is changing. The 110 Meter Hurdles combines sprinting and hurdling, two yin and yang activities. “One must control your speed in the hurdles, ” is how Renaldo Nehemiah noted the hurdles’ distinction.
My affinity for the hurdlers, both men and women, is that they battle each other, and have fun with each other, all at the same time.
The presser below features Hansle Parchement, Omar McLeod and David Oliver, three of the finest practicers of their craft. This interview was done on May 5, 2016, in Doha, Qatar.