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Medal record

Robles leading the 110 metre hurdles final at the Beijing Olympics
Men’s athletics
Competitor for  Cuba
Olympic Games
Gold 2008 Beijing 110 m hurdles
World Indoor Championships
Gold 2010 Doha 60 m hurdles
Silver 2006 Moscow 60 m hurdles
Panamerican Games
Gold 2007 Rio de Janeiro 110 m hurdles

Dayron Robles (born 19 November 1986 in Guantánamo, Cuba) is a track and field athlete who specialises in the 110 metre hurdles.

He won his first major medal (a silver) in the 60 metres hurdles at the 2006 World Indoor Championships. He finished the 2006 season having improved his outdoor best to 13 seconds and become the Central American and Caribbean Games champion. Pan American gold came the following year in which also set a meet record of 12.92 seconds at the 2007 IAAF World Athletics Final – making him the joint fourth fastest ever.

He reached the pinnacle of his event in 2008 by setting a world record of 12.87 seconds in June at the Golden Spike Ostrava meet,[1] and winning an Olympic gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in 12.93 seconds. Injury ruled him out for much of 2009, but he returned strongly with a championship record win at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships.

Career

He won his first international medal at the 2004 World Junior Championships in Athletics, taking the silver medal in the 110 m hurdles which was Cuba's only medal of the competition.[2] At the 2006 World Indoor Championships in Moscow he finished second with a new personal best time (indoor) of 7.46 seconds, a time which he has since improved to 7.33 s, making him the second-fastest ever indoors, behind Colin Jackson.[3][4]

At the 2008 World Indoor Championships in Valencia he didn't advance from the heats due to fact that he stopped running, thinking that fellow hurdler Liu Xiang had made a false start. This was great disappointment for Robles, who had posted nine of the 11 fastest times of the winter season and was a favorite for winning the gold medal.[5]

At the Beijing Olympics in 2008, many anticipated a Robles/Liu showdown in the final, but Liu was forced to pull out injured in the opening heat due to tendinitis.[6] Robles went on to comfortably win the gold medal, posting a time of 12.93 s in the final.[7]

During the 2009 IAAF World Championships, Dayron Robles was forced out of the competition, not finishing his semi-final because of muscular injury. After recovering from his injury, he entered the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships. The 60 metres final was the first time in over two years that Robles had faced Liu and Terrence Trammell in the same race. Robles began the race slowly but his power and technique saw him overhaul Trammell in the second half of the race to finish in 7.34 seconds, the third quickest time ever over the distance. The win marked a return to form and he said his first indoor gold ahead of the American was as important to him as his Olympic victory two years earlier.[8]

Achievements

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Personal bests

Event Time (seconds) Venue Date
50 metres hurdles 6.39 Stockholm, Sweden 21 February 2008
60 metres hurdles 7.33 Düsseldorf, Germany 8 February 2008
110 metres hurdles 12.87 World Record Ostrava, Czech Republic 12 June 2008
  • All information from IAAF Profile[9]

Competition record

Robles celebrating gold at the 2010 World Indoors
Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2003 World Youth Championships Sherbrooke, Canada 6th 110 m hurdles
2004 World Junior Championships Grosseto, Italy 2nd 110 m hurdles
2005 Central American and Caribbean Championships Nassau, Bahamas 2nd 110 m hurdles
2006 World Indoor Championships Moscow, Russia 2nd 60 m hurdles, 7.46 s PB
Central American and Caribbean Games Cartagena, Colombia 1st 110 m hurdles, 13.12 s CR
2007 Panamerican Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 1st 110 m hurdles, 13.25 s
World Championships in Athletics Osaka, Japan 4th 110 m hurdles, 13.15 s
IAAF World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 1st 110 m hurdles, 12.92 s CR
2008 Golden Spike Meet Ostrava, Czech Republic 1st 110 m hurdles, 12.87 s WR
Olympic Games Beijing, PR China 1st 110 m hurdles, 12.93 s
2009 Central American and Caribbean Championships Havana, Cuba 1st 110 m hurdles
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 1st 60 m hurdles

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Records
Preceded by
People's Republic of China Liu Xiang
Men's 110 m Hurdles World Record Holder
June 12, 2008 –
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Sporting positions
Preceded by
People's Republic of China Liu Xiang
Men's 110 m Hurdles Best Year Performance
2007 (alongside Liu Xiang), 2008
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Jamaica Asafa Powell
IAAF Performance of the Year
2008
Succeeded by
Incumbent

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