Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's 110 metres hurdles

The Men's 110 metres hurdles competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom. The event was held at the Olympic Stadium on 7–8 August.[1]

Men's 110 metres hurdles
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
VenueOlympic Stadium
Date7–8 August
Competitors53 from 33 nations
Winning time12.92
1st place, gold medalist(s) Aries Merritt  United States
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Jason Richardson  United States
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Hansle Parchment  Jamaica
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The qualifying round was notable for who was eliminated. In heat 3, Shamar Sands was in the lead until he hit the sixth hurdle, crashing into the next hurdle and somersaulting into a heap, making him one of three athletes in that heat not to make it to the finish line. In the fifth heat, Aries Merritt ran the fastest qualifying time by far with a 13.07. In the final heat, 2004 gold medalist Liu Xiang reminded viewers of his 2008 performance, failing to clear the first hurdle, and injuring his right achilles. After a minute on the track, Liu got up onto his left leg and hopped off the track. Refusing a wheelchair assist and medical attention, he returned to the track and hopped all the way to the final hurdle. Returning to his assigned lane 4, Liu kissed the top of the tenth hurdle, perhaps signifying the end of his Olympic career. He then hopped across the finish line, where he was assisted off the track by heat winner Andy Turner, Balázs Baji and Jackson Quiñónez.

The semifinal round was again dominated by Merritt running a 12.94. World record holder and defending champion Dayron Robles led Hansle Parchment to the Jamaican national record in 13.14. 13.31 qualified on time.

In the final, Robles and Merritt got the fastest starts but Merritt pulled ahead at hurdle 3, by hurdle 5 Robles was wincing in pain, pushing over the sixth hurdle and holding his leg. Merritt continued to a personal best 12.92 and a .12 win over reigning world champion Jason Richardson. Parchment took another .02 off his national record for the bronze, the rest of the field was not even close, more than a quarter of a second behind.[2]

Merritt moves past Renaldo Nehemiah to become the #7 hurdler of all time.[3]

Competition formatEdit

The Men's 110m Hurdles competition consisted of heats (Round 1), Semifinals and a Final.[4] The fastest competitors from each race in the heats qualified for the Semifinals along with the fastest overall competitors not already qualified that were required to fill the available spaces in the Semifinals.[5]


Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows:

World record   Dayron Robles (CUB) 12.87 Ostrava, Czech Republic 12 June 2008
Olympic record   Liu Xiang (CHN) 12.91 Athens, Greece 27 August 2004
2012 World leading   Aries Merritt (USA) 12.93 Eugene, OR, United States 30 June 2012
London, (CP), United Kingdom 13 July 2012
Monaco, Monaco 20 July 2012
Broken records during the 2012 Summer Olympics
2012 World leading   Aries Merritt (USA) 12.92 London, United Kingdom 8 August 2012

The following National record was set during this competition.

Jamaica National Record   Hansle Parchment (JAM) 13.12 s


All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Tuesday, 7 August 2012 10:10 Round 1
Wednesday, 8 August 2012 19:15


Round 1Edit

Qual. rule: first 3 of each heat (Q) plus the 6 fastest times (q) qualified.

Heat 1Edit

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Sergey Shubenkov   Russia 13.26 Q
2 Konstadínos Douvalídis   Greece 13.40 Q
3 Adrien Deghelt   Belgium 13.52 Q
4 Garfield Darien   France 13.54 q
5 Paulo Villar   Colombia 13.55 q, SB
6 Matthias Bühler   Germany 13.68
7 Shi Dongpeng   China 13.78
8 David Ilariani   Georgia 13.90

Heat 2Edit

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Jason Richardson   United States 13.33 Q
2 Lawrence Clarke   Great Britain 13.42 Q
3 Maksim Lynsha   Belarus 13.47 Q, SB
4 Wayne Davis   Trinidad and Tobago 13.52 q
5 Andrew Riley   Jamaica 13.59
6 João Carlos Almeida   Portugal 13.69
7 Rouhollah Askari   Iran 13.97
8 Ronald Forbes   Cayman Islands 14.21
N/A Enrique Llanos   Puerto Rico N/A DNF

Heat 3Edit

Start of heat 3, after Ali Kamé was disqualified for false starting
Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Orlando Ortega   Cuba 13.26 Q
2 Hansle Parchment   Jamaica 13.32 Q
3 Konstantin Shabanov   Russia 13.63 Q
4 Ladji Doucouré   France 13.67
5 Mikel Thomas   Trinidad and Tobago 13.74
6 Erik Balnuweit   Germany 13.77
N/A Andrew Pozzi   Great Britain N/A DNF
N/A Shamar Sands   Bahamas N/A DQ
N/A Ali Kamé   Madagascar N/A DQ

Heat 4Edit

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Dayron Robles   Cuba 13.33 Q
2 Lehann Fourie   South Africa 13.49 Q, SB
3 Jeff Porter   United States 13.53 Q
4 Dimitri Bascou   France 13.57 q
5 Greggmar Swift   Barbados 13.62
6 Alexander John   Germany 13.67
7 Fawaz Al-Shammari   Kuwait 14.00
8 Héctor Cotto   Puerto Rico 14.08
9 Ahmad Hazer   Lebanon 14.82

Heat 5Edit

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Aries Merritt   United States 13.07 Q
2 Ryan Brathwaite   Barbados 13.23 Q, SB
3 Xie Wenjun   China 13.43 Q
4 Emanuele Abate   Italy 13.46 q
5 Richard Phillips   Jamaica 13.47 q
6 Dániel Kiss   Hungary 13.62
7 Aleksey Dremin   Russia 13.75 SB
8 Jeffrey Julmis   Haiti 13.87
9 Ronald Bennett   Honduras 14.45

Heat 6Edit

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Andy Turner   Great Britain 13.42 Q
2 Selim Nurudeen   Nigeria 13.51 Q, PB
3 Gregory Sedoc   Netherlands 13.52 Q
4 Balázs Baji   Hungary 13.76
5 Jackson Quiñónez   Spain 13.76 SB
N/A Shane Brathwaite   Barbados N/A DNF
N/A Liu Xiang   China N/A DNF
N/A Artur Noga   Poland N/A DNF
N/A Moussa Dembélé   Senegal N/A DQ

Semi FinalsEdit

Qual. rule: first 2 of each heat (Q) plus the 2 fastest times (q) qualified.

Heat 1Edit

Wind: Heat 1: -0.5 m/s

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Jason Richardson   United States 13.13 Q
2 Orlando Ortega   Cuba 13.26 Q
3 Lawrence Clarke   Great Britain 13.31 q, PB
4 Adrien Deghelt   Belgium 13.42 PB
5 Garfield Darien   France 13.48
6 Wayne Davis   Trinidad and Tobago 13.49
7 Konstadínos Douvalídis   Greece 13.77
N/A Gregory Sedoc   Netherlands N/A DNF

Heat 2Edit

Wind: Heat 2: +0.1 m/s

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Aries Merritt   United States 12.94 Q
2 Ryan Brathwaite   Barbados 13.23 Q, SB
3 Xie Wenjun   China 13.34 PB
4 Andy Turner   Great Britain 13.42
5 Selim Nurudeen   Nigeria 13.55
6 Dimitri Bascou   France 13.55
7 Paulo Villar   Colombia 13.63
8 Konstantin Shabanov   Russia 13.65
N/A Richard Phillips   Jamaica N/A DNF

Heat 3Edit

Wind: Heat 3: +0.1 m/s

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Dayron Robles   Cuba 13.10 Q, SB
2 Hansle Parchment   Jamaica 13.14 Q, NR
3 Lehann Fourie   South Africa 13.28 q, PB
4 Emanuele Abate   Italy 13.35
5 Jeff Porter   United States 13.41
6 Sergey Shubenkov   Russia 13.41
7 Maksim Lynsha   Belarus 13.45 PB
8 Ladji Doucouré   France 13.74


Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
  Aries Merritt   United States 12.92 WL, PB
  Jason Richardson   United States 13.04
  Hansle Parchment   Jamaica 13.12 NR
4 Lawrence Clarke   Great Britain 13.39
5 Ryan Brathwaite   Barbados 13.40
6 Orlando Ortega   Cuba 13.43
7 Lehann Fourie   South Africa 13.53
N/A Dayron Robles   Cuba N/A DNF


  1. ^ Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics
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  4. ^ "Men's 110m Hurdles". London 2012 Organising Committee. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  5. ^ "Men's 110m competition format". London 2012 Organising Committee. Retrieved 12 June 2012.