By Susan Porter, World-Track
LONDON — Olympic champion and world record holder over the 110m hurdles Dayron Robles of Cuban is confident he can better is won world record at world championships in Berlin.
Robles, who set the world record of 12.87 seconds last year to improve the previous mark held by China’s Liu Xiang, has recovered fully from a hamstring injury he picked up during the indoor season, and he believes he is rolling back into shape.
"My legs are feeling pretty good," he said. "After this time spent on the sidelines, which wasn’t any good to us and the injury, we’re moving forward with our plan."
The 22-year-old Cuban will start strong favourite for the gold medal at the August 15-23 championships, but will not take things lightly.
"I never go as favorite," he explains. "I tell you that every one of us that is in the final, in the last race, we’re all favorites because in the 110 you never know what can happen," said Robles, who finished fourth at the worlds in Osaka, Japan two years ago.
"I’m not obliged to win (the worlds)," Robles said. "(But) you always have to go out looking for victory, always."
The Jamaican reigning world 100m champion Veronica Campbell-Brown echoed similar statements earlier, insisting that once you make the finals you have as much chances as anyone else of winning the gold medal.