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Athlete Quotes - Men's 110m Hurdle Prelims

David Payne – Winner Men’s 110M Hurdles (Heat 1)
On his prelim race:
“There were a few false starts so when we finally went I got out bad and twisted on a few of the hurdles but I did what I needed to do to take first and move on to the next round.”
Allen Johnson – Men’s 110M Hurdles (Heat 1)
On the race:
“It was really good. I didn’t know what to expect, as I am still recovering from ankle surgery from last October. This was my first race since the trials last summer where I didn’t finish, so I was really nervous coming out here.”
On tomorrow’s race:
“Hopefully I made it to the second round, and then I can come out and run faster tomorrow.”
On continuing to compete:
“This is just something I love doing. I feel like if I stay healthy I can still compete with these guys. This summer I will compete in a few races and hope to make a good showing.”
On equipment issues:
“I came to the track today with two left shoes, so I didn’t get my left spike until a few minutes before the race. I didn’t get any starts or practices, so this was my first race.”
On how he feels about his performance:
“I am very happy. This is good for me for now. If I make the finals I’ll be ecstatic.”
Aries Merrit – Winner Men’s 110M Hurdles (Heat 2)
On his prelim race:
“My start was terrible but that doesn’t really matter right now. I was still able to win and move on.”
Antwon Hicks – Winner Men’s 110M Hurdles (Heat 3)
On the race overall:
“It went okay. I wasn’t trying to run too fast, just trying to advance.”
Dexter Faulk – Winner Men’s 100M Hurdles (Heat 4)
On the race overall:
“I don’t know, the wind at my back was a little trouble to me, but it’s just another day in the park. That’s what I call it.”
Jason Richardson – Winner Men’s 100M Hurdles (Heat 5)
On the race today:
“There were a few parts where I lost momentum because I clipped a few hurdles. But, in the first round the object is just to qualify for the next round. The big thing was the wind at our backs, so the middle of the race I was running into the hurdles, but it went alright.”


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