David Oliver (USA), born 24/04/1982. (PB 12.89, SB 12.94)
|Oliver, Xiang and Robles....top 3 in 2011.|
|Ryan Brathwaite (Reigning World Champion), Robles and Oliver battle it out in Daegu in 2010.|
He is also a 7-stride hurdler, and has certainly got the strength to handle it. His lead leg is the fastest and most powerful of any of those in World Athletics at the moment. This speed however can be his down fall though as he sometimes brings it down onto the hurdle. Although his size isn’t necessarily hindered by the hurdles, a slight knock of balance might be the difference between gold and 5th in this race. The four other profiled athletes will know the pressure on each of them to produce clean, technically perfect races to perform to the level needed for the Gold medal. With not much separating them on paper, any technical error might lead them amiss. Oliver knows this.
|Oliver running his life best of 12.89 in Paris in 2010, 0.02 behind Robles's World Record.|
|Olympic Bronze in Beijing in 2008|