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Oliver Dominates Bascou, Liu in Karlsruhe
February 14, 2011Posted by on
David Oliver was in scintillating form en route to ruling the 60m hurdles at the BW-Bank Meeting in Karslruhe. The burly American again ran 7.40s to match the time he set in the Sparkassen Cup a week earlier. Liu Xiang 刘翔 (7.55s) again finished a close 3rd, this time to France’s Dimitri Bascou (7.53s).
Oliver ran like a man possessed, demolishing two or three hurdles in the process. Had Bascou ran a little faster, he would have grazed Oliver, who tends to hog the rightmost side of the lane. Oliver hits the hurdle with his hamstrings, in such a way that forward motion isn’t impeded. Bascou, 4th during last year’s European Championships, ran the (indoor) race of his life in setting a new personal best – and claiming the scalp of the 2004 Olympic Champion.
Oliver, with his unique 7-step start is fastest off the blocks. Liu, who uses the traditional 8-stride pattern, was about half a stride behind the undisputed 2010 world leader.
I couldn’t help but notice how Oliver limped after the race. It was evident that something was mildly wrong. In a tweet, Oliver complained of a cramp in his calf but said it was “nothing serious.” I wish the best for Oliver. He’s a nice guy and a great competitor, in the mold of the long line gentlemen sprint hurdlers. This year has the makings of a banner season for the sprint hurdles, with Liu, Oliver and Dayron Robles squaring off at the Daegu World Championships.
Liu was able to shave off a huge five-hundredths of second off his 7.60s mark in Dusseldorf.
C’mon Liu! Show them what you got!