BIRMINGHAM, England — Liu Xiang beat Dayron Robles in a resumption of their hurdling rivalry before the London Olympics, and Lerone Clarke upstaged Jamaican rival Asafa Powell in the 60-meter sprint at the Birmingham Grand Prix on Saturday.
Liu ran a flawless 60-meter hurdles final in 7.41 seconds, with the Chinese star almost a tenth of a second ahead of world record-holder Robles in their first meeting since at last year’s world championships.
“I am especially happy to get a national as well as Asian record,” Liu said. “I still feel though that over the first two hurdles I didn’t do very well and that there is work to be done there. I am excited about the rest of the year now.”