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Cuban Dayron Robles returns to track in Italy

English.news.cn   2013-06-08 09:12:13            

HAVANA, June 7 (Xinhua) -- The Cuban Dayron Robles, golden medallist in Beijing 2008 Olympics and former world record holder in the 110 meters hurdles, announced to return to the track next Saturday in Turin, Italy, though he retired last January of the island's Olympic selection.

"It's a bomb!! Dayron Robles runs this Saturday again," the also twice Pan American champion said in his blog on Friday (http://dayronroblescuba.blogspot.com /) where he posted his photo raising the Cuban flag with his hands.

Robles, 26, reported to be in Turin on Saturday and participate in the XIV Memorial Primo Nebiolo, but he did not state if he will run as guest or representing any Athletics club.

The Cuban hurdler set up the world record in the 110 metres race (12,87 seconds) in Ostrava, Czech Republic, in June 2008, two months later he won the Olympic title in Beijing.

In 2008, he concluded in seven occasions in less than 13 seconds, an unprecedented event in his specialty.

He won the world indoors cup in 60 meters with obstacles in Qatar 2012, and the Diamond League in 2011.

At the London 2012 Olympics, Robles could not conclude the race when he stopped running after the fifth hurdle because of a lesion, for which he undertook a surgery later.

The Olympic gold then went to the hands of the US Aries Merritt, who also one month later broke Robles' world record with 12,80 seconds.

Precisely, Merritt declared last May his admiration for Robles, declaring that the Cuban "was one of the greatest hurdles of all times and the most potent."

"I want him to reencounter his love for the hurdles and return to the track," Merritt said at that moment.

After the gold in the Beijing Olympic Games, Robles complained of several physical ailments in reiterated occasions that affected his results in the most important contests.

Finally last January he asked his dismissal from the Cuban Olympic squad. The reasons for which he abandoned the national team were not "completely clear", the island's official media reported then.

Robles had complained in several times of "bad training condition, and the small attention" paid to him by the local sport authorities.

"The Cuban sport suffered a sensitive loss, the loss of a Lord who printed during a long time and for ever after the name of Cuba with golden letters," the official daily Juventud Rebelde (Rebel Youth) said after the news of Robles' dismissal.

"It is a great loss for the Cuban sport, a very big mistake to allow an athlete of that level to escape and retire," Robles' trainer Santiago Antunez said soon after the notice of his departure of the island's national team.

Few days later Antunez, (65) also went into retirement, alleging that he would continue as "advicer" of the Olympic team, but according to the source the veteran coach accompanies the Cuban most awarded hurdler at the Italian meeting.

Antunez was chosen in 2010 by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAFF) as the best trainer of the world in that year.

Editor: Yang Lina
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