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Cedar Hill's Jason Richardson Advances in 110m Hurdles

Semifinal to be held Wednesday

By Frank Heinz
|  Tuesday, Aug 7, 2012  |  Updated 5:22 AM CDT
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Richardson Advances in 110m Hurdles

Jason Richardson, on July 31.

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Cedar Hill's Jason Richardson finished first in the 2nd heat of Round 1 of the men's 110m hurdles Tuesday.

Richardson, 26, was the first across the line in the heat and scored a time of 13.33 seconds. He'll advance to the semifinal at 1:15 p.m. CT on Wednesday.

If Richardson again advances, the 110m hurdles final is at 3:15 p.m. CT on Wednesday. 

His personal best in the race is 12.98.  The World Record in the event is 12.87, set by Cuba's Deyron Robles in 2008, and the Olympic Record is 12.91.

The 2012 London Olympic Games are Richardson's first Olympics.  He has won gold in the 110m hurdles at the 2011 World Championships and was the first to win both the 110m and 400m gold at the World Youth Championships in 2003.

Team USA's Jeff Porter and Aries Merritt also competed in Round 1.  Porter, in the 4th heat advanced after finishing third with a time of 13.53.  Merritt, in the 5th heat, also advanced, after placing first with a time of 13.07.

NBC 5 caught up with Richardson for insight into the track star's Olympic career and growing up in Cedar Hill. Read more here.

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