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Aries Merritt of U.S. wins 110-meter hurdles gold

  • The men's 110m hurdles final at the athletics event of the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 8, 2012 in London. (AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMAD)

  • Aries Merritt of the U.S. ahead of third placed Jamaica's Hansle Parchment during the London 2012 Olympics Games at the Olympic Stadium August 8, 2012. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

  • Aries Merritt of the U.S. after winning gold in the men's 110m hurdles final during the London 2012 Olympics Games at the Olympic Stadium August 8, 2012. (REUTERS/Dylan Martinez)

  • Aries Merritt competes next to Jamaica's Hansle Parchment in the men's 110m hurdles final at the athletics event of the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 8, 2012 in London. (AFP PHOTO/OLIVIER MORIN)

LONDON: Aries Merritt led a 1-2 finish for the United States in the Olympic 110-meter hurdles, winning in 12.92 seconds Wednesday night. Defending champion Dayron Robles of Cuba pulled up midway through and clutched his right hamstring.

Jason Richardson, the world champion, was second in 13.04. Hansle Parchment of Jamaica took the bronze in 13.12.

Robles, the world-record holder, began limping early and came to a stop after clearing the sixth hurdle, then shoved another barrier down to the track.

The 2004 Olympic champion, Liu Xiang of China, got injured in the first round of qualifying and stopped before reaching the first hurdle.

 

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