New Delhi:Dayron Robles has broken the world record in the men's 110m hurdles event shaving 0.01 seconds off the previous record.
Robles set the new world mark of 12.87 seconds at the Golden Spike Meet in Ostrava. The previous record of 12.88 seconds was held by Olympic champion Liu Xiang who is now under even more pressure to defend his title at home in Beijing. A 21-year old Robles came 4th in the 2007 World Championships and has had an impressive 2008 so far with 7 wins in 8 races in the shorter 60m event.
Robles' new world mark comes two weeks after Usain Bolt broke the 100m world record and with both sprinters in red hot form, the Beijing Olympics marquee event just got a bit more exciting.
In other races, Usain Bolt ran the fastest time of the year over the 200 metres, while Dire Tune of Ethiopia set a new world record of 18.517 kilometres for the women's one hour race.