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Hurdler smacks knee on hurdle, still manages to shatter record

Jonathan Wall
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Agoura (Calif.) High School senior Jonathan Cabral, who will be attending the University of Oregon on a track scholarship next year, has recently been making a mockery out of some of the hurdling records in the state of California.

As the Los Angeles Times reported, Cabral is a speedster who last year broke a 35-year-old Marmonte League record in the 110-meter hurdles, and seemed destined to break more historical marks this year. He did so on Saturday, shattering the 29-year-old Division 3 mark with an eye-popping 13.54 seconds; the old record was previously held by Steve Kerho of Mission Viejo with a 13.65.

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What's even more impressive about the record-setting performance is that Cabral could have probably broken the mark by an even wider margin had it not been for his knee hitting the next-to-last hurdle in the race. Despite the injury, Cabral said after the race that he wasn't going to let the slip-up deter him from breaking the record.

"It kind of injured me, but I still managed to keep my speed up," Cabral told the Los Angeles Times. "It feels extremely good. It shows that all my hard work in the past years — and all the hours my dad, who's my coach, has put in — is paying off."

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It's clear the hard work is definitely paying off in a big way. As the Ventura County Star reported last year, when Cabral broke the 35-year-old league record, the California sensation was within 1/100th of a second from setting the fatest 110 meter in the country.

His mark on Saturday allowed him to set the fatest high school 110-meter hurdles mark in the country for the 2011 school year. He's gotten so good, in fact, that last year he represented the United States at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Canada against the best Under-20 competition in the sport, and finished fifth.

If you're looking for an up-and-comer for future summer Olympics, Cabral is looking like a good bet to represent the United States in the future.

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