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Fourie ends a brave seventh in Olympic hurdles final
- Updated: August 8, 2012
By Mark Etheridge┬áin London
So surprised was Lehann Fourie to make the final of the Olympic 110m hurdles on Wednesday night that he didn’t even bother to pack himself supper.
Fourie, said after ending seventh in the final, that he had been caught off-guard.
“I didn’t even know what time the final was so I didn’t even bring a sandwich along to eat before the big race.”
Fourie ran 13.53 in the final after setting a personal best 13.28 in the heats as America’s Aries Merritt won gold in 12.92.
“I had a good start but at the second or third hurdle I clashed with Britain’s Lawrence Clarke. Our arms collided and as you know the hurdles is all about rhythm. Once you lose it in a race like this you’re gone and I couldn’t keep contact.
“The actual race didn’t feel that fast and that’s what hurdles isa ll about. It just depends on how the race unwinds.
“Just the fact that I made the Olympic final after being injured before SA championships in April and missing the whole of the middle season is motivation for me to look forward to the 2016 Games in Rio.”
Fourie was also full of praise for South Africa’s Olympic governing body SASCOC.
“SASCOC gave me a chance by putting me into the team and that’s also why I ran so well… I didn’t want anyone pointing fingers and saying that I shouldn’t be in the team.”
Olympic champion Dayron Robles’ dreams of repeating that feat came up short when the Cuban pulled a right hamstring about 30m into the race and failed to finish.