Monday, August 18, 2008

110 Hurdles Underway


Before I get to my performance, I would be remissed if I didn't mention the loss of two of the best 110 hurdlers in the history of the event, forced out by injury in the first round. Once again, it is unfortunate how freak injuries turn what seem like invincible athletes, in to mere mortals. Terrence and Liu were both dealt that bad hand and never got a chance to fulfill their Olympic dream. It is a very hard pill to swallow for me because I believe that in order to be the best, you have to beat the best, heads up, and we will not get to see a such matchup here.

I went out and got a very good warmup going. I felt fresh and everything was working like I wanted it to. I went out and ran a clean race and won my heat in a time of 13.30, which was good enough for the top performance of the day. My main focus was to react better to the gun, which I did, I reacted in a time of .167, which is better than the .22x I'm usually getting. I stayed very relaxed throughout the race and I didn't expend that much energy. Fortunately enough for me, I avoided any injury or mishaps. All in all, I had a performance that I felt was similar to the one I had in the opening round at the trials.

The stadium was jam packed! It was very hot on the track as well, it felt like a 20 degree increase in temperature from the warmup track to the stadium. I dripped more sweat out there than I did warming up.

My quarterfinal heat goes off tomorrow night at 9:09pm China time. I am in the fourth and final heat of the day, in lane five. Heat sheets are HERE.

My focus tomorrow will be to react better to the gun and be more quick than I was today. I really just need to do whatever it takes to survive and advance, that's the name of the game. I came to run 40 great hurdles, now I have 30 left.

80 comments:

Kurt said...

Nice race David, I was sure to watch out for you, after getting up to see my Jamaicans try to qualify. Was disappointed with the injury hit ones too. But I think I may be committing the unpatriotic sin of supporting you now...even against my Jamaican duo and Cuban neighbour. Best of luck and hope to see u on the podium.

Anonymous said...

Hold it down man. Keep doing your thing and bring home that Gold.

M Moreno #6

Tamika said...

Good morning,

It is definetly a mishap about Liu and Terrance. I pray God gives them strength and that they remain encouraged. You are definetly in my prayers also. Unfortunately I keep missing your heats. But I am doing my best to catch the next one. Keep up the good work though and remember you have several prayers behind you.

Michael said...

David,
I watched you here in Beijing on TV. It's sad that both Terrence and Liu were injured during their heats. I was really looking forward to the chance of all 3 of you race in the finals. I'll be in the stands that night screaming my head off for you. Good luck and we're proud of you.

Michael from LA

Anonymous said...

Good work, keep it up!

Wayne said...

David you're a true competitor for those kind words about Liu and Terrence. I wish you the best throughout the next few races. Bring back the GOLD for USA!!

Anonymous said...

Keep it up...Im rooting (sp?) for you!!!!!

LaLa said...

You are amazing!! I am keeping you in my thoughts!

Anonymous said...

David,
All of us EHS Angels are cheering you on. Halo-lo-lo Halo-lo-ho Hey.

tessensohn said...

Hey David, I believe you will achieve your mission. I believed in my team's mission as they have just won the silver medal which we longed for a long long time. So keep your head high up.

Tessensohn

Darby said...

Just found your blog while looking up the olympics information... Congratulations David! Keep up the good work! GO BISON!!!!!!

Casey said...

Congrats - looks like you're one of Blogger's "blogs of note!"

Keep on running (and writing). We're enjoying watching all the competition here in the States. :-)

Golden Paperclip said...

Good luck, we will be watching in Kansas City.
Jason
www.goldenpaperclip.com

Brandon said...

There's a saying about life. . .I find great for situations like these. . . When asked how's life? . .one man said. . ."Hard, but fair,. .sad but true. . .sometimes, you beat it, sometimes. . .it beats you! While Liu & Terrence were 2 greats. . .thats life. . .keep your head on. . . The world will soon know the GR8ONE!

Anonymous said...

your amazing. and hot.

Anonymous said...

Continue to do your thing David!Stay focused and healthy.

@ Kurt . . . we are all cousins :) and it's definitely acceptable to support anyone who accomplishes a dream . . . :) Hope you are blogging at the next family reunion :)

Reality from the ATL . . .

JAMJARSUPERSTAR said...

After reading your blog I deliberately looked out for you in-between trying to sort out some of my house's junk! I'm trying to watch more of the Olympics now that the track and field events are on!
Ciao, love the blog!

http://jamjarsuperstar.blogspot.com
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MysticSphinx said...

Good Luck man... Rep hard for HU!

MovieWatchers said...

I am so glad I found your blog. I haven't been able to watch the Olympics or keep up with it. Sad to hear about the injuries.

Anonymous said...

We're proud. Keep the focus and we will see you at the on that center "block" on Thursday. God bless.

Rory

tanya said...

I am looking forward to your heat tomorrow. Good Luck. I can't wait to see you on the podium. I love your blog it is very interesting. It gives a personal touch from Beijing that the news reports just don't show. Unfortunately I am stuck in the house because of tropical storm Fay but I will most defiantly check your blog to see how everything is in Beijing. Take care God Bless!

Anonymous said...

Job well done!! I was actually watching the 110 hurdles in support of my line sister's brother who is running for Nigeria and saw your heat. I was impressed not only by your execution, but also by your poise and humbleness during your post interview and decided to read up on you and came across your blog. Good luck out there and I hope you return with your mission accomplished!

KD
Houston, TX

Ms. Rhone said...

Hi David,

I just wanted to pen a quick note and say how very proud I am of your dedication and commitment. A group of East teachers watched your first qualifying round this morning. You should have heard the enthusiastic shouts and cheers as we urged you on. Maybe, you felt the flutter of Angel wings as we hurdled beside you in spirit.
We all wish you the very best.

Ms. Rhone

Linda said...

Nice body... ;-)

x

KTP said...

Wow, good luck! This is so exciting. I love that you are blogging your Olympic experience.

Candice said...

I saw da race live in London,so i was up late 4am UK time,but it was worth the wait.u were in good form throughout the race.I will b tuned in for the second round,Good luck!!x

Adriana said...

I wish you all the luck David, and I'm sad to hear about Liu and Terrance. I don't think I can imagen what Liu and Terrance went though. Keep up the good work David! I'll be cheering for you!

-Adriana

Coach said...

David, its your world. . . .

Anonymous said...

Awesome!


itekelectronics@hotmail.com

Clorissa Wright said...

Hello David,

I just learned about you and have become really inspired, for a number of reasons:-) You're doing a great justice for the hopes and dreams of other little (African-American) kids coming up today.

You're great! I hope you're proud of yourself. Thank you!

-Clorissa

Anonymous said...

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK D-O! We're rooting for you -


Laura and Court

laurackl said...

ok...I'm going to try this again - DAVE!!! I TOLD YOU while we were horsing around in the towers-while you were putting courtney in a head lock- that you were going to go to the Olympics one day!!!! And I was right!! We are soo PROUD of you!!!

Laura and Court

Megan Coyle said...

That's wonderful that you had such a great race. Good luck with your next one!

tme301 said...

I am wishing you much success and will definitely be pulling for ya. BTW, coming from a Bowie State Alum you are representing Howard University very well!!!

Much Love!!!

MostEmailedNews.com said...

That's insane, I don't know how you do it. I would freak out going out in front of that many people just to stand there, much less jump over a bunch of hurdles.

- T

www.MostEmailedNews.com

Leslie said...

Excellent race!!
I was screaming like I was there, did you hear me?? LOL. Congrats on your win, looking forward to the finals!!
*leslie*

My Hero Elmo Fudge said...

Best wishes

Anonymous said...

David, UPSers in Asia will be cheering you on - go get the GOLD!

noi said...

China's Liu Xiang, the injured out of the race, the Chinese people are very sad, and the U.S. Telameier also recede in the competition this time ,I Think that this year, the Beijing Olympic 110-meter hurdles champion seemed to have lost their suspense early, that Cuba's man should be the champion Last!
Blessing !
Players can look forward to each play their best level! Training really is not easy

Mina Jade said...

David, we do support you and appreciate your work. Never let anyone hold you down, just try to do your best!

By the way, if I may say so, you look really good!

Greetings,
Mina Jade

figurin said...

nice picture

sokitsym said...

:) that's right!

theifish said...

Very interesting

Norman Levinson said...

Just read the HEAT tables http://www.iaaf.org/oly08/results/eventCode=3659/racedate=08-19-2008/sex=M/discCode=110H/combCode=hash/roundCode=qf/startlist.html#det you da man!

Good luck David!!!

D Nunn said...

Good Luck out there Dave!! It's ya boy D Nunn...I see you out there doing ya thing..i will keep ya in my prayers!!! Take care!!!

JFobbs said...

30 More Boy lets Get it!!

LaLa said...

YES!!! Congratulations!!

Anonymous said...

I just saw you David !
fantastic..
you'll win , boy !

Anonymous said...

You are an inspiration. Keep doing what you're doing fellow Bison.

J said...

I watched one of your heats while at work yesterday...I mean, I was walking through our lounge and it happened to be on the tele. I said to the few who were taking a lunch break, "I KNOW him! I mean, I know who he is!"
I am the spouse of someone who works with your mom, and I just wanted you to know that EVERYONE who knows her is cheering you on. And now everyone at my work is also! We are so very proud of you here on the sunny side of the Rockies!
I was in track and field in my high school days also--at about the same time as Brenda--and I know how much work and training is involved to be able to get where you are today.
!!!CHEERS TO YOU!!! from the Mile High!

Keith said...

Keep up the good work and bring home the gold. Howard is rooting for you.

Anonymous said...

The state of Oregon is behind you all the way. Go out there and finish what you came here to do. BEAT Cuba!!!

Andre Rafik said...

ay young, do your thing! They're scared of you right now. I got all of DC holding you down. by the way, get liu's china jersey for me. HOLLA BACK!

Linda said...

Focus and concentrate, just put in your mind that you are the best...

And after that, lets have sex....

Kari W said...

Best of luck to you, David - you're incredible! Colorado and the rest of the U.S. are very proud to have you representing!

Lindsey said...

Just saw you on TV. Great win! Go you.

Anonymous said...

I just saw you run, and win your heat, and I went to google you and saw your blog. I want to say good luck with everything...and you are freaking gorgeous!

Mykol said...

Good Race!!! Bring back the gold:)

Kameron said...

congratulations! your make me proud to be a bison!

KJ said...

You ran a fantastic race, way to rep HBCU's. Good luck the rest of the way!

Soul808Sista said...

Keep doing what ur doing and put God first... Your determination and work has proven itself...

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I just saw your race. It was awesome.

Mi$$ Rain Fashionista King! said...

I saw the race, and im in love!
Congrats on making the final and ill be praying for you tomorrow night!
xoxo Rain!

Trina said...

I saw your Quarterfinals & boy were you awesome. I use to run hurdles long ago when I was in high school. I just didn't have the courage to do so when I went to college. You said some wonderful words about Terrance & Liu. I pray that God continues to humble you, give you strength & endurance in the rest of your races in Beijing. All the times I come to Orlando for my job......where in the world do you be so we could at least say HEY to one another...

citygirl said...

Seems I'm not the only Jamaican who's also rooting for you. You look like you were meant for this race. I hope it all happens for you.

vanessa said...

Hey David, I watched you here in Houston today and wanted to say congrats! and what a good race. Its like you were flying, then at the end I seen you kind of smile like "yea I did that!" I will be watching....

Anonymous said...

I was literally jumping up and down cheering this evening....You make me PROUD to be an American!

Anonymous said...

Wow! David, found your blog after watching your race and interview today. Wishing you the best, I was so impressed with your poise and your comments about the other competitors....you are inspiring! Watching in Knoxville, TN...

PRES said...

David "THE KING" Oliver is my HERO!!!!

shes4keeps said...

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the dawn of islam said...

keep up! good work..

BrownSugar said...

Hey David,

I saw your race today and was very impressed. Great race and post interview. Good Luck in Beijing!

Let me know when you'll be competing in Los Angeles. I would love to come and watch.

ilbarrone said...

Dude, you're the bomb! Keep doing your thang. We look forward to your future successes, and I'm certain that they will be many.

Anonymous said...

hi david,
Just watched you win yous semi final, well done big man from scotland! Hope you make the podium in the final, just run your race! Good luck, joe glasgow

BrownSugar said...
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BrownSugar said...

Hi David,

Just watched your race. Congrats on making it to the finals. I know you weren't happy with your race but like you said you have the "Q" next to your name so it's all good.

Good Luck!

P.S. I know you were probably looking at the scoreboard but could you please look into the camera next time you do your interview so we can see that handsome face of yours. Thanks :)

Ms. Rhone said...

Wow David! We can't wait to see you on the medal stand. East Angels are flying high!
Again, I am so proud. Especially at how gracious you are. Your interviews are phenomenal.
Ms. Rhone

Anonymous said...

Congrats, you ran a good race. I had you and my island neighbor (cuba) going neck and neck to the finishing line. But regardless, i see you ran your heart out. good job.

spaga21@aol

Aunt Celest said...

Hey David,

I'm the old lady that you met at Penn Relays, and you said I really
wasn't old. You were kind enough to fix my camera and take a picture with me. On Saturday when
they had the finals as you walked on to the field I yelled "Hello" and your turn around to see who it was with a warm smile on your face. When you saw it was me you
smiled and said "Hello" back. Well the high school kid that I was with got such a kick out of that, and they tessed me all the way home. After Penns I was your
number one fan. I never met such
a handsome young man who was so nice and humble. Please stay that
way. It's by GOD is blessing you
so much, and you have more blessing to come. My kids think I have lost my mind staying up all
unGODLY hours of the night waiting
for you to run, and telling them
that you were going to medal. HA, HA, HA, to them because I was
right. Congrats to you, and I'm looking forward to seeing you at
Penns in April. Make sure that your agent markets you correctly.
You can do teeth, skin, hair,
body products, and clothing. You
got the full package! Best of luck to you.

Your Bud,

Aunt Celest

Ms. Rhone said...

Hi David,

I want to extend a huge congratulatory hug to you for a job well done. I enjoyed watching the race. You are the second African-American Olympian to medal from East High School to my knowledge. Jerome Biffle won in 1952(??? - could have been 1948) in Sweden in the long jump. You are an elite group. Wow! Take care and keep in touch.

Ms. Rhone.