Americans Aries Merritt, Jason Richardson Qualify For Men's 110m Hurdles

Americans Aries Merritt and Jason Richardson both qualified for the finals of the 110m hurdles on Wednesday with each man winning his semifinal heat. With China’s Liu Xiang falling in the opening round heats on Tuesday the two Americans are both medal favorites along with Cuba’s Dayron Robles, who also won his semifinal heat.

Merritt put up the best time on Wednesday by a substantial margin finishing in 12.94 seconds, only .03 seconds off his personal best. Robles won his semi in 13.10 seconds and Richardson in 13.13.

The finals will be held at 4:15 p.m. ET, but NBC will not air the event until primetime. If you want to watch it live you can do so on the NBC Live Extra feed. The finals will be a mostly Caribbean affair; Great Britain’s Lawrence Clarke joins the two Americans as the only non-Caribbean finalists. The third American, Jeff Porter, failed to qualify for the finals.

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