The 110m hurdles are an Olympic track and field athletics discipline run by men. For the race ten hurdles of 3 feet 6 inches in height are placed evenly spaced along a straight course of 110 meters. They are positioned so that they will fall over if bumped into by the runner. Fallen hurdles don't count against runners, yet they have a significant pull-over weight which slows down the run. Like the 100 meter sprint, the 110m hurdles is started out of the blocks. In the early 20th century the race was often contested as 120 yard hurdles.
For the 110m hurdles, the first hurdle is placed after a run up of 13.72 meters from the starting line. The next 9 hurdles are set at a distance of 9.14 meters from each other, and the home stretch from the last hurdle to the finish line is 14.02 meters long.
The Olympic Games have included the 110m hurdles in the program since 1896. The equivalent hurdles race for women was run over a course of 80 meters from 1932 through 1968. Starting with the 1972 Summer Olympics, the women's race was set at 100 meters.
The fastest 110m hurdlers run the distance in a time of around 13 seconds. The world record stands at 12.87 seconds (as of June 2008).
The 110m Hurdles have been an Olympic discipline since 1896. Women ran it occasionally in the 1920s but it never became generally accepted. From 1926 on women have only run the 80m Hurdles which was increased to 100 meters first starting in 1961 (on a trial basis) and in 1969 (in official competition).
Most successful athletes
- Two Olympic victories:
- Four world championship titles:
- Three world championship titles:
- Two world championship titles:
Progression of world records
|12.87 s||Dayron Robles||CUB||June 12, 2008||Ostrava|
|12.88 s||Liu Xiang||CHN||July 11, 2006||Lausanne|
|12.91 s||Liu Xiang||CHN||August 27, 2004||Athens|
|12.91 s||Colin Jackson||GBR||August 20, 1993||Stuttgart|
|12.92 s||Roger Kingdom||USA||August 16, 1989||Zurich|
|12.93 s||Renaldo Nehemiah||USA||August 19, 1981||Zurich|
|13.00 s||Renaldo Nehemiah||USA||May 6, 1979||Westwood|
|13.16 s||Renaldo Nehemiah||USA||April 14, 1979||San Jose|
|13.21 s||Alejandro Casanas||CUB||August 21, 1977||Sofia|
|13.24 s||Rodney Milburn||USA||September 2, 1972||Munich|
|13.33 s||Willie Davenport||USA||October 17, 1968||Mexico City|
|13.38 s||Ervin Hall||USA||October 17, 1968||Mexico City|
|13.43 s||Earl McCullouch||USA||June 16, 1967||Minneapolis|
|13.47 s||Willie Davenport||USA||June 26, 1966||New York City|
The 110m hurdles in Greece
- Alexandros Touferis
- Yiannis Talianos
- Angelos Lambrou
- Christos Mantikas
- Yiannis Kampadellis
- Giorgos Marsellos
- Thanasis Lazaridis
- Stratos Vasiliou
- Stelios Bisbas
- Dimitris Siatounis
- Stamatis Magos
- Dimitris Pietris
- Alexandros Theofanov
- Kostas Douvalidis
For extensive Men's High Hurdles records, please see High Hurdle Stats