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Daegu - Dayron Robles was on Monday sensationally stripped of his world 110m hurdles title for obstruction, with American Jason Richardson handed gold after a nerve-wracking race.In another day of high drama at the World Championships, just 24 hours after Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt was disqualified for a false start, Robles made the fatal error of hitting rival Liu Xiang twice with his arm with the finish line in sight.The contact made Liu check his stride into the final hurdle, which he then stumbled off after hitting it with his trailing knee.The IAAF promptly disqualified Robles for obstruction, and rightly rejected a Cuban counter-appeal.Robles, the world record holder, was initially credited with having won the race that brought together the three fastest men of all time in the event (Robles, Liu and American David Oliver) for the first time.The Cuban shot out of the blocks and was immediately up on Oliver, but he faded midway through the race and had to rely on a quite amazing lift-off from his landing step on the final hurdle to edge out Richardson.But the contact had been made, and Robles was disqualified, Richardson taking gold, Liu silver and Britain's Andy Turner bronze."I wish that under different circumstances he (Robles) could have kept his medal," said Richardson. "But rules are rules. I’m so happy to be a gold medallist. I'm the wedding crasher!"
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