Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Robles Hurdles to World Lead in Ostrava

UPI POY 2008 - The Beijing Olympics.

Olympic Champion David Robles(CUB) and Bershawn Jackson (US) ran to world leading times of 13.04 and 48.32 in the men's 110 and 400 meter hurdle events to lead a handful outstanding performances in Ostrava.

Robles cruised to an easy victory on the track where he set the WR (12.87) in last year's meet winning easily over runner up Dexter Faulk's (US) 13.13 PR. Likewise Jackson won quite easily over former World Champion Felix Sanchez (DOM) who was second in 49.20. Neither was pressed as they handled their respective fields handily.

The same can be said for headliner Usain Bolt (JAM) as he attempted to take over the world lead in the 100 meters. Bolt got off to a shaky start before accelerating past the field to win in a windy 9.77 (+2.1). Bolt's performance was in stark contrast to his 10.00 flat of last week and gave notice that he will once again be a primary player in the sprints in Berlin. Bolt had virtually no competition in Ostrava as runner up Craig Pickering (GBR) was a far back 10.08.

Full results can be found here.

The next major competitions will be the various National Championships on tap within the next 10 days where we'll start to get our lineups for the World Championships in Berlin. Stay tuned.

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