David Oliver clocks 12.90s, ties U.S. record!

David Oliver is on fire! After stopping the clock at 12.93s at the U.S. Championships weeks ago, the burly bruiser matched Dominique Arnold’s 4-year old national record of 12.90s. Oliver now co-owns the third fastest sprint hurdles time in history, behind Dayron Robles’ 12.87s and Liu Xiang’s and Robles’ 12.88s.

Oliver had a fine start (although he said later in the interview that “he did not get a good start!”) and and an even better finishing kick. The 2008 Beijing bronze medalist had a clean race despite clipping the 8th and 10th hurdle with his thigh. Oliver shrugged off the early challenge of 2009 World Champion Ryan Braithwaithe, David Payne and the eventual 2nd placer, Ryan Wilson (13.16s).

With his prolific performance at the iconic Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, the 28-year old overtook hurdling greats Colin Jackson (the former world record holder at 12.91s) and the ageless Allen Johnson (12.92s).

Beat Dayron! Beat Dayron!

Additional Links:

David Oliver’s blog entry

Universal Sports article

Race Footage (Universal Sports)

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One response to “David Oliver clocks 12.90s, ties U.S. record!

  1. tojesworld August 16, 2010 at 7:34 PM

    David Oliver is the main man this year. I also love the excitement in the Women Sprint Hurdles

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