Wayne Davis II advances to Olympic 110 Hurdle semi
LONDON - Morning session action on Tuesday in Olympic Stadium saw Texas A&M senior-to-be Wayne Davis II advance to the semifinal of the 110 hurdles on time with a run of 13.52 as he placed fourth.
Jason Richardson, the 2011 World Champion, won the heat Davis race in with a time of 13.33 (wind 0.8) while Great Britain's Lawrence Clarke placed second in 13.42. Third went to Maksim Lynsha of Belarus in 13.47.
Davis beat out NCAA champion Andrew Riley of Jamaica for fourth place, 13.52 to 13.59, to claim a time qualifier for the semifinal. The top three finishers in each of the five heats, plus the next six fastest times advanced. Riley's 13.59 left him with the seventh best time among non-auto qualifiers.
Also advancing to the semifinal was current world leader Aries Merritt, who trains in College Station. Merritt claimed his heat in 13.07 seconds (0.7 wnd) with the top time among the first round. Finishing second to Merritt was Ryan Brathwaite of Barbados, the 2009 World Champion.
Current world record holder Dayron Robles of Cuba was a heat winner in 13.33. However, leaving the competition early was 2004 Olympic champion and former world record holder Liu Xiang who crashed into the first hurdle and injured his right Achilles.
In the semifinal on Wednesday, Davis is in the first heat with Richardson and Clarke once again along with Garfield Darien of France and Cuba's Orlando Ortega. Davis will be in lane 2 with an empty lane to his left while Darien, Clarke, Richardson and Ortega occupy lanes 3-4-5-6. The top two finishers in each of the three heats and the next two fastest times qualify for the final that will be held on Wednesday evening.
Merritt draws heat two with Brathwaite and Great Britain's Andy Turner. Merritt will be in lane 7 with Turner in 6 and Brathwaite in 4
The semifinals take place at 7:15 p.m. (1:15 p.m. CST) while the final will start at 9:15 p.m. (3:15 p.m. CST).