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Dayron Robles is an athlete competing in track and field at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for Cuba.
It is his second straight appearance at the Games where he figures to be a gold-medal contender in the 110m hurdles. Robles won gold in the event in Beijing.

Cuba's Dayron Robles came into 2011 looking to regain his health and the form that carried him to a world record and Olympic gold three years earlier. He did not finish his most ballyhooed indoor race, a showdown with American David Oliver at the Sparkassen Cup in Stuttgart. He opened the outdoor campaign with four victories in as many races, his best time a 13.07 at the Fanny Blankers-Koen Games in Hengelo.

After a season's best run of 13.12 seconds in the rain to win at the Ostrava Golden Spike meeting, Robles secured his first 2010 Diamond League victory at the Golden Gala in Rome, where he ran 13.14. He followed that with a win at the Memorial Primo Nebiolo, and clocked his best time of the year, 13.01, at the Athletissima meeting in Lausanne, but an injury curtailed yet another season. American David Oliver put together an undefeated season to claim the world No. 1 ranking.

After recovering from his 2009-season-ending injury, Robles entered the 2010 World Indoor Championships. The 60m final in Doha was the first time in over two years that Robles had faced Liu Xiang and American Terrence Trammell in the same race. Robles began the race slowly but his power and technique saw him overhaul Trammell in the second half of the race to finish in 7.34 seconds, the third quickest time ever over the distance. Afterward he said his first indoor gold was as important to him as his Olympic victory.

On the heels of his record-breaking campaign the year earlier, anticipation of greatness for Robles was high in 2009. The expectations only heightened when in his second race of the outdoor season, he returned to Ostrava, site of his world-record run, and clocked a world-season-leading 13.04. Robles proceeded to win eight consecutive races after that, but in the semifinals of the World Championships in Berlin he was forced to pull up with a muscular injury. Unheralded Ryan Brathwaite of Barbados went on to win the gold.

At the Beijing Olympics in 2008, many anticipated a Robles/Liu showdown in the final of the 110m hurdles, but a match-up of the two fastest men in the history of the event was not to be. Liu, who battled persistent injury all summer, was forced to pull out injured in the opening heat due to Achilles tendinitis. Robles went on to comfortably win the gold medal, posting a time of 12.93 s in the final.

Fueled by his indoor disappointment, Robles approached the 2008 outdoor campaign aggressively. He reached the pinnacle of the event in June at the Golden Spike Meeting in Ostrava, where he broke Liu Xiang's world record with a victory in 12.87 seconds. Afterward, Robles seemed surprised with how fast he hit the tape. "It is such a good time," he said. "I did not expect that. Wow!"

At the 2008 World Indoor Championships in Valencia, Robles didn't advance from the heats due to fact that he stopped running in the semifinals, thinking that fellow hurdler Liu Xiang had false started. Liu went on to win the title which was a great disappointment for Robles, who had posted nine of the 11 fastest times of the winter season and went to Spain as a heavy favorite to win the gold medal.

Over a three-year span, Robles had a string of second-place finishes in his major competitions. He finished as runner-up at the 2004 World Junior Championships, the 2005 Central American and Caribbean Championships and at the 2006 World Indoor Championships, where he ran a person best 7.46 seconds in the 60m hurdles.

As a young hurdler, it seems quite natural that Robles' idol is fellow Cuban hurdler Anier Garcia, who won Olympic gold in the 110m hurdles in Sydney in 2000. "Anier Garcia is like a school for me," robles said in an IAAF interview. "He has been my reference since I got to the national team. I admire him both as an athlete as a person. We are good friends."

Robles took up track and field at the age of 10. As is customary in Cuba, he competed in different disciplines at the start. Although is favorite event was the high jump, his trainers recognized his talent for the hurdles and Robles shifted his focus to that event at the age of 14. After winning the Cuban Youth Games, he was promoted to the junior national team in 2002. He made his international debut with a sixth-place finish at the World Youth Championships in Sherbrooke, Canada.

Robles comes from an athletic background. His mother Regla Mercy, a housewife, played volleyball and his father Gualberto, who passed away in 1998, was a musician. His uncle Eulogio Robles was the most successful athlete in the family as a member of the Cuban national team in the 1970s. He ran 51.76 in the 400m hurdles.


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Age: 29 years old
Birthday: November 19, 1986
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 176 lbs.
Birthplace: Guantanamo, Cuba
Current Residence: Havana, Cuba

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