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Richardson Cruises to Finals in Men's 110m Hurdles

Americans Richardson, Aries Merritt headed to finals

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    United States' Jason Richardson leads Cuba's Orlando Ortega and Britain's Lawrence Clarke during their men's 110-meter hurdles semifinal during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

    Cedar Hill's Jason Richardson finished first in his semifinal heat of the men's 110m hurdles Wednesday and is headed to the finals.

    Richardson, 26, cruised across the line with a time of 13.13 seconds, .2 seconds faster than his race in Round 1.

    He now advances to the final 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 Aries Merritt is also headed to the final.  He placed first in the second heat with a time of 12.94 seconds.  American Jeff Porter placed fifth in the third heat with a time of 13.41 -- he will not be in the finals.

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