Monday, July 26, 2010

Dayron Robles Second Consecutive Diamond League

MONACO (AP) — Cuban hurdler Dayron Robles has pulled out of Thursday's Diamond League meet in Monaco because of sore legs.
Organizers on Tuesday said the defending Olympic champion and world record-holder is still suffering from the pains which forced him to withdraw from the Paris Diamond League meet last week.

Robles' withdrawal means there will be no showdown in Monaco with David Oliver of the United States in the 110-meter hurdles.
Oliver had the season's best time of 12.89 in Paris, just 0.02 short of Robles' world record.

"Dayron's leg pain has improved, but you can't rush things," Robles' coach, Santiago Antunez, said in a telephone interview from the hurdler's training base in Guadalajara, Spain.

Antunez said Robles would return to Cuba next week before a meet in London on Aug. 14 and another in Zurich on Aug. 19.

"There is no worry, but Dayron is preparing himself to run when the conditions are perfect," Antunez said.

Injuries kept Robles from reaching the 110 hurdles final in the world championships last August. But he came back four months ago to win the 60 hurdles at the world indoors in Doha, Qatar.