OSTRAVA, Czech Republic (AP) Cuba's Dayron Robles took the world record away from Liu Xiang, challenging the Chinese hurdler's status as prohibitive favorite going into his homeland's Olympics.
Xiang, the defending Olympic and world champion, has dominated the 110-meter hurdles the past few years. He is considered China's best hope for gold on the track at the Beijing Games.
But Robles shaved 0.01 seconds off Xiang's record Thursday night at the Golden Spike meet, winning in 12.87 seconds. Xiang, meanwhile, has struggled recently, withdrawing from the Reebok Classic in New York earlier this month with a sore hamstring and then getting disqualified for a false start last weekend at the Prefontaine Classic.