110m hurdles

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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).

In 1900 and 1904 the Olympics also included a 200m Hurdles race, and the IAAF recognized world records for the 200m Hurdles until 1960.

Most successful athletes

  • Two Olympic victories:
  • Four world championship titles:
  • Three world championship titles:
  • Two world championship titles:

Progression of world records

Electronic timing

Time Athlete Nation Date Place
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

The Greek record in the 110m hurdles is held by Kostas Douvalidis (13.34) achieved in Athens on July 20, 2013.

Greek Athletes


Much of the content of this article comes from the equivalent German-language Wikipedia article (retrieved February 5, 2006).

For extensive Men's High Hurdles records, please see High Hurdle Stats

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