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Caribbean flavour heats up hurdles

THROUGH TO FINAL: Robles (left) and Parchment (right)

THERE WILL be a large contingent of Caribbean sprinters in the final of the men’s 110m hurdles tonight (August 8) after several athletes from the continent advanced from their semi-finals.

Barbados, Cuba and Jamaica will be represented at the Olympic Stadium in less than two hours time.

In the first semi-final Cuba’s Orlando Ortega finished second behind James Richardson of USA to book a spot in the final.

In the same race Team GB’s Lawrence Clarke recorded a personal best of 13.31 seconds to also qualify for the final as a fastest loser.

Semi-final two saw another American, Aries Merritt, run sub-13 seconds, as he won in a time of 12.94 seconds. Bajan Ryan Brathwaite finished second in the same race in 13.23 seconds to also progress.

And in the third and last semi, Jamaica’s Hansle Parchment produced a late surge of pace over the last four hurdles to set a new personal best of 13.14 seconds as he finished just behind Cuban Dayron Robles, who clocked 13.10 seconds.

Tonight’s final takes place at 9.15pm.

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