“At the first hurdle I thought I do not have this race anymore but then I fought and fought to the end and the gold was mine.”
Ryan does Barbados proud and let the world know it!
How close was it? So close that Ryan Brathwaite won gold in the 110-meter hurdles at the World Athletics Championships because he bent further forward than the two Americans on either side of him: Terrence Trammell on his right and David Payne to his left.
Brathwaite hit the first hurdle but ran a clean race for the rest of the way and finished in 13.14 seconds.
Here is Ryan at the finish line…
So Barbados’ first gold at the games comes from speed and technique.
Some of the news coverage tried to take the shine off Ryan’s victory by highlighting that two of the top runners weren’t in the race. Olympic champion and world-record holder Dayron Robles of Cuba and defending champion Liu Xiang of China were both sidelined with injuries.
Barbados Free Press would like to remind Cuba and China that athletic competition isn’t just about speed – its about stamina and toughness too!
A horse might be fast every so often, but if it can’t take the long run then another horse might win the race – a horse named Brathwaite.
In all fairness though, have a look at the photo-finish. At this level of competition the difference between gold and bronze can be a sneeze or a pebble… or the ability to bend lower while running at full tilt.
Well done Ryan!
Here is the YouTube of the entire race, including the announcer’s “I think the Bajan took it!”