The 110-meter hurdles has been a track event for men at the Olympics since the inception of the modern Games in 1896. The following list includes information on the last five men to win Olympic gold in the event:
Dayron Robles: At the Beijing Olympics, Robles powered over the hurdles for 110 meters in 12.93 seconds to defeat Americans David Payne and David Oliver-the silver and bronze medalists respectively. The Cuban won the final four years ago against a field minus his top rival, China's Liu Xiang, who was injured.
Robles, the current world record holder at 12.87 set in 2008, should be a favorite for gold again in London, as should Liu Xiang. Others to watch for at this summer's Games should include American Jason Richardson-the 2011 World Championships gold medalist-and Great Britain's Andy Turner.
Liu Xiang: Xiang became a national hero in China with his gold medal triumph in 2004 at the Athens Olympics. Xiang covered the 110 meters in a then world record time of 12.91 to win by a significant margin over the silver and bronze medalists. Xiang is also a four-time World Championships medalist, including gold in 2007.
Anier Garcia: Garcia, a native of Cuba, won the 110-meter hurdles gold at the Sydney Olympics in a time of 13.00. He crossed the finish line before Americans Terrence Trammell and Mark Crear-the silver and bronze medalists respectively. Garcia's winning time in 2000 was the best of his career. Among his other accomplishments was the bronze medal four years later in the event at the Athens Games.
Allen Johnson: Johnson achieved Olympic glory on the home track in Atlanta in 1996. He blazed to victory in a time of 12.95, with teammate Mark Crear taking the silver. Johnson had a long, distinguished career and won four World Championships golds to go along with his Olympic title.
Mark McKoy: McKoy, running for Canada, achieved his Olympic victory at the Barcelona Olympics by clocking 13.12 over the 110 meters. McKoy defeated a pair of Americans in Tony Dees and Jack Pierce. A native of Guyana, McKoy had earlier served a two-year competition ban for doping.
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