Possible Robles-Liu face-off evinces interest in Cuba

July 29th, 2008 - 4:57 pm ICT by IANS  

Havana, July 29 (Xinhua) A possible face-off between Cuban Dayron Robles and Chinese Lu Xiang in the final of the 110 metres hurdles in the Beijing Olympic Games has evinced great interest in Cuba. According to Cuban sports press Monday, the race will be the main event of athletics during the Olympics.

Roble, 21, is the current world record holder and is considered as a strong medal prospect.

The Cuban had a successful season this year, with eight triumphs in nine events, including the record of 12.87 seconds he made in June in the Grand Prix of Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Robles also clocked 12.88 in Saint Denis, France; 12.91 in Stockholm, Sweden and 12.96 in Villenueve-d’Ascq, France.

On the other hand, Liu, 25, has all the titles of the International Federation of Athletics in his kitty.

The Chinese is considered an icon of the Chinese sports, and set an Olympic record of 12.91 seconds in 2004 Athens Games.

Liu’s coach Sun Haiping said that Liu has a lesion in the Achilles ankle and his current condition isn’t good.

But Liu also has some advantages. He has the experience of competing in Olympics and this time he will be on his home turf.

For Robles this will be his first Olympics and in the last months due to pressures, on two different occasions, he has stayed in the block thinking it was a false start.

“I know my race against Liu will be one of the greatest attractions of the Games,” Robles said adding that the man to defeat during the Games is Liu.

Other top hurdlers include the American Oliver (12.89 soconds), Terrence Trammel (13.11) and David Payne (13.25).

The Olympic final of 110 metres hurdles will be on Aug 21 at the National Stadium of Beijing, also known as Bird Nest.

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