Robles disqualified from 110 hurdles at world meet

DAEGU, South Korea — One of the most anticipated events of the world championships turned into one of the most controversial, with Olympic champion Dayron Robles disqualified for interfering with Chinese star Liu Xiang in a 110-meter hurdle race awarded to Jason Richardson of the United States.

The Cubans lodged an appeal after field judges disqualified Robles, who finished first, giving the title to Richardson. The American benefited when Liu slowed down, and ran second in Monday's race. The appeal was denied.

"When I approached the ninth hurdle, Robles pulled me. It made me slow down," said Liu, who finished third but was moved up to second. "At first, I thought I would be the champion or at least second. But Robles pulled me."

David Oliver of the U.S. was a pre-race favorite but crossed the line in fifth. Andrew Turner of Britain was moved up to third place after finishing fourth.

Robles finished in 13.14 seconds, followed by Richardson in 13.16 and Liu in 13.27. Turner finished in 13.44, the same official time as Oliver.

"I did the best that I could," Richardson said. "Whatever reward I get from doing my best, I will accept. If it's gold, silver or bronze, it doesn't matter."

Oliver said such tangles in an action-packed race should be no reason to change the result.

"So he might have gotten dq for hitting Liu, man that happens almost every single hurdle race, happened to me in the semi...tough break," Oliver wrote on Twitter.

The Americans won a sprint title for sure when Carmelita Jeter rallied to take the 100 over Jamaican veteran Veronica Campbell-Brown. Kelly-Ann Baptiste of Trinidad and Tobago took bronze.

The U.S. was expected to top the women's 400, but it was Amantle Montsho who gave Botswana its first medal at a world championship by taking the gold.

Allyson Felix, a three-time world champion in the 200, was even with Montsho as they entered the final straight but couldn't overtake her in the stretch.

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