This morning's report on the latest Olympic hotness in Beijing: Cuban track sensation Dayron Robles continues to impress on and off the field. The fit and bulging world record holder in the 110m hurdles reaffirmed his status as the overwhelming favourite for the gold with a commanding victory in his semi-final heats, clocking in at 13.12 seconds.
Meanwhile, very interesting news on Dayron's activities off the field. The Guardian reports the 21-year-old track sensation is one of 127 athletes who, "in an open letter, called on China's President Hu Jintao to seek a peaceful solution to the Tibet issue and to improve the human rights situation." Robles' name was the most high profile of the signatories, who included the United States 400m runner DeeDee Trotter and Croatia's women's world high jump champion, Blanka Vlasic.
This is great news that Robles is using his star power for a good purpose. Cuba is not the most progressive on human rights and the Cuban athletes, especially Robles, have a close and friendly rivalry with the Chinese atheltes. Above, a very nice shot showing Robles bonding with China's Ji Wei, who finished third in the 110m heats. Robles' frenemy competitor Liu Xiang unfortunately did not place.
You May Have Missed ...
Olympic Sensation Walter Dix Bulges with Bronze [R20]
Angelo Taylor and U.S. Track Team Sweep 400M [R20]
Cuba's Dayron Robles On Track to Bulge in Beijing [R20]
Italian Olympic Sensation Andrew Howe Covers "Vanity Fair Italy" [R]
Track Star Travis Padgett Bulges to Finish Line [R20]
Mr. Arizona State [R20]
French Footballer Florent Malouda [R20]
Bounce, Baby Bounce[R20]
Morning Sports [R20]
Felix la Bulge[R20]
Marc Raquil: Göteborg 2006 [R20]
Portugal's Nelson Evora is Fit in All the Right Places [R20]