Aries Merritt squall to Olympic 110m hurdles gold in a new personal best of 12.92 seconds as supremacy champion Dayron Robles pulled up. Merritt’s steadiness was in evidence again as he curved in more than a 0.1 secs clear of American fellow citizen Jason Richardson in silver. Jamaica’s Hansle Parchment took bronze with Britain’s 22-year-old Lawrence Clarke a fine fourth.
Merritt was out fast and extended away from world champion Richardson. “I was trying to treat this as much like a practice session as possible, where I have no pressure. The gold means everything. This is a dream come true.” said Merritt. Robles had appear below his best in his semi-final and were later banned from the final, his title gone to Merritt down the track as he discarded his race before 50m.
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