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David Oliver: Olympic Medalist in 110 Hurdles

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David Oliver: Olympic Medalist in 110 Hurdles

David Oliver

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David Oliver edged Terrence Trammell by .05 seconds to win the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials and give the Denver native his first Olympic berth. He reached the final in Beijing and earned a bronze medal, then gained his biggest victory to date at the 2008 World Athletics Final.

Foreshadowing?:

Was the September, 2007 Berlin ISTAF Golden League meet a sign of things to come? Perhaps, but not at Beijing. Oliver won the Berlin event in 13.25 seconds to beat a strong field that included Dayron Robles of Cuba. In Beijing, however, Robles took the gold while Oliver settled for bronze.

The best of times:

Oliver set a personal best of 12.95 seconds early in 2008, then matched his PR at the Olympic Trials.

Career highlights:

Oliver gained his first American championship when he won the 2008 U.S. Indoor 60-meter hurdles. He was third at the U.S. Outdoors in 2007. Oliver was a two-time All-American at Howard University, where he also played football. He was ranked seventh in the world in the 110 hurdles after the 2007 season.

The stats:

  • Height: 6-2
  • Weight: 205
  • Birth date: April 24, 1982
  • Hometown: Denver, Colorado
  • World Championships: None

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