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.