Saturday, 20 August 2011

Daegu 110m Hurdles Profiles. Profile 2: Jason Richardson

Jason Richardson (USA), born 04/04/1986. (PB 13.08, SB 13.08) World Youth Champion 2003.

Jason Richardson winning Stockholm Diamond League ahead of David Oliver

    Certainly Richardson, the self-styled “dark-horse of the world championships”, as he said at the London Grand Prix, is a very strong contender this year. He is running quicker and quicker, having taken the scalp of the 2010 and 2011 World No 1, David Oliver, twice this year. First in Stockholm, then London (where he was second to Dayron Robles). His personal best has been set into a headwind in the not so warm London Diamond League two weeks ago so there is plenty more to come. He has a clearly bullish and optimistic attitude that will no doubt stand him in good stead when facing the championship rounds next week.

Richardson is one of three top Americans in Daegu, one being World No.1 David Oliver.

His technique, as he seems to acknowledge, is rugged. However, his speed between the hurdles is his asset and his trail leg provides him with the necessary power off the hurdle to be a devilishly quick hurdler. He, like Robles, Xiang and Oliver, adopts a 7-stride technique into hurdle one. This signifies how physically strong an athlete he is as it requires a lot more strength and ability to be able to perform this to good effect. Although Robles is the master of this, Richardson will no doubt be able to step up on the race day and demonstrate his willingness to produce his best. Watch this space because although this is Richardson's first senior American selection, USA athletes don’t tend to be poor championship performers when they have been through such rigorous trials.

Aries Merritt (USA), Dayron Robles (CUBA), who is reigning Olympic Champion, and Richardson battle out in the London Diamond League.

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