A bittersweet ending at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin for Dayron Robles. On what would be the one-year anniversary of winning the gold medal in the 110 meter hurdles at the Beijing Olympics, the world champion injured himself in the semi-final heats and had to be escorted off the track.
Radio Guantanamo reports: "Despite the great effort and will to win, Dayron Robles, Olympic champion in Beijing 2008, was unable to finish his race in the 110 m hurdles semifinals in Berlin due to a lesion in the left thigh. Robles overthrew the first four hurdles and stopped his race at the Olympic Stadium; his dream to the final is over."
The world record holder from Cuba’s Guantanamo province first injured his left hamstring at a French competition in February. After hitting the first hurdle in yesterday's qualifier, Robles told the AP: "It hurts. I can't say that I am going to run, and I can't say that I am not going to run. I promised Fidel Castro to bring home the gold medal for him," Robles said of the former Cuban leader. "And I want to keep my promise."
WHEN YOU JUMP, watch the video from Cubavisión and see more images. The fit and bulging trackstar became a celebrity during the Beijing Olympics and his Olympic-sized bulge was the quite conversation piece. Hopefully Dayron heals soon ... that's some heavy lifting over those hurdles.
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