Liu Xiang routs Robles; Powell stunned in British GP

Chinese star Liu Xiang beat Cuban rival Dayron Robles at the British Grand Prix Indoor here Saturday in the first clash of the hurdlers since their controversial World Championship showdown last year.

China's Liu Xiang leads the pack during Saturday's British GP 60m hurdles
final in Birmingham.

Liu blasted to victory in the 60m hurdles in a world best time this season of 7.41secs while Robles was a distant second in 7.50, with America's Dexter Faulk third in 7.54.

Robles, the reigning Olympic champion, was stripped of his 110m hurdles gold at the World Championships in Daegu last August after being adjudged to have fouled Liu as the two dashed for the line. The disqualification saw Jason Richardson elevated to gold while Liu won silver.

Jamaica's Lerone Clarke crosses the finish line ahead of compatriots
Nesta Carter & Asafa Powell. Pics/AFP

Saturday's result was the perfect confidence-boost for Liu, who is preparing for the upcoming World Indoor Championships in Istanbul as he attempts to win back his Olympic crown from Robles later this year.

In other events, Asafa Powell suffered a surprise defeat to compatriot Lerone Clarke as Jamaican sprinters dominated the 60m final. Commonwealth Games 100m champion Clarke swept home in 6.47secs, the fastest time of the year, ahead of another Jamaican, Nesta Carter in second with 6.49. Powell trailed in third with 6.50.

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