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110 Meter Hurdle For Men at Olympics

110 meter Hurdle for Men at Olympics: The hurdling events are the running events which involve running over hurdles set on the track. The 110 meter hurdle race for men is the standard sprint hurdle held in the international competitions.

The hurdle races are generally held only in the Olympics. The event is also known as the high hurdle race.

In the 110 meter hurdle event, ten hurdles are placed along the track. The standard height of the hurdles used in the men's event is 1.067 meter or 3 ½ feet. The distance between the starting point and the first hurdle is 13.72 meter. For the next nine hurdles, there is a gap of 9.14 meters between two consecutive hurdles. The finishing line is 14.02 meter away from the last hurdle. The hurdles are set in such a manner that, if any runner comes into contact with them during the race, the hurdles will fall over. If the hurdles are knocked down unintentionally, that is not counted as an offence.

The 110 meter hurdle event is very technical race to win. The event demands excellent speed along with fine technique on the part of the athletes. A fully skilled hurdler seems to be running through the hurdles. Their jumps over the hurdles looks as if they are running with their body lifted in the air for a little longer time. Generally, the hurdlers use their same lead leg while going over each hurdle.

110 meter Hurdle for Men in Summer Olympics: The 110 meter hurdle event for men was introduced to the Olympic competition in the 1896 Athens Summer Games. Since then, the event has been contested regularly at every Summer Games. American athletes have been dominating the event throughout the history of the event.

Rules for 110 meter Hurdle for Men at Olympics: The International Association of Athletics Federations or IAAF has set rules to be followed in the track and field athletics competitions at the international level. The rules relevant for the 110 meter hurdle event at the international competitions are-

  • The hurdles are generally made of metal. Wood is used to make the top bar of the hurdle.
  • The hurdles are adjustable in different height for different events.
  • The length and width of each hurdle is determined by the IAAF. The top bar of each hurdle is painted white and black in color.
  • Runners are not allowed to leave or change their respective lanes.
  • An athlete is disqualified from the competition if he knocks down the hurdles intentionally. However, if the hurdles are overturned accidentally, then that is not considered to be punishable.
  • An athlete cannot obstruct his competitors' way during the race. If found, an athlete can be disqualified from the competition. A re-run of the event can also be arranged.
  • If an athlete steps out of the track during the race, he is not allowed to join his competitors.
  • The athlete not finishing the race is not given any credit.
  • Only the automatic timing device approved by the IAAF can be used for measuring the time during the races.

Medal Winners in the 110 meter Hurdle for Men:


The American athletes have been leading the domain of the 110 meter hurdle event since the time it was included in the Olympic schedule. Liu Xiang, Anier Garcia, Allen Johnson, Mark McKoy, Roger Kingdom, Thomas Munkelt, Guy Drut, Rodney Milburn, Willie Davenport, Hayes Jones, Lee Calhoun, Harrison Dillard, William Porter, Forrest Towns, George Saling, Sydney Atkinson, Daniel Kinsey, Earl Thomson, Frederick Kelly, Forrest Smithson, Robert Leavitt, Frederick Schule, Alvin Kraenzlein and Thomas Curtis are some leading athletes who has won medals in the 110 meter hurdle event.

Trivia: In the 1896 Athens Summer Games, the final in the 110 meter event was held between only two athletes. The other two competitors, who had qualified for the final backed out from the competition.

Lee Calhoun and Roger Kingdom of the United States of America are the only athletes to win the Olympic title in the 110 meter hurdle event more than once.

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