DAEGU, South Korea (AP) — The most compelling race of the world championships is still on after Liu Xiang, Dayron Robles and David Oliver all qualified for the semifinals of the 110-meter hurdles Sunday.
Liu proved he is finally getting back to the form which earned the 2004 Olympic and 2007 world titles by having plenty of time to ease up at the line and still win his heat. Oliver kept his powerful shoulders in perfect balance over the hurdles as he dashed through a winner, too.
In the first of six finals of the day, Olympic and defending world champion Valeriy Borchin led a 1-2 Russian finish in the 20-kilometer walk with a time of 1 hour, 19 minutes, 56 seconds. Vladimir Kanaykin took silver.