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Cuban disqualified from 110 hurdles at worlds

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DAEGU, South Korea (AP) — One of the most anticipated events of the world championships turned into one of the most controversial, with Olympic champion Dayron Robles disqualified for interfering with Chinese star Liu Xiang in a 110-meter hurdle race awarded to Jason Richardson of the United States.

The Cubans lodged an appeal after field judges disqualified Robles, who finished first, giving the title to Richardson. The American benefited when Liu slowed down, and ran second in Monday's race. The appeal was denied.

"When I approached the ninth hurdle, Robles pulled me. It made me slow down," said Liu, who finished third but was moved up to second. "At first, I thought I would be the champion or at least second. But Robles pulled me."

David Oliver of the U.S. was a pre-race favorite but crossed the line in fifth. Andrew Turner of Britain was moved up to third place after finishing fourth.

Robles finished in 13.14 seconds, followed by Richardson in 13.16 and Liu in 13.27. Turner finished in 13.44, the same official time as Oliver.

"I did the best that I could," Richardson said. "Whatever reward I get from doing my best, I will accept. If it's gold, silver or bronze, it doesn't matter."

Oliver said such tangles in an action-packed race should be no reason to change the result.

"So he might have gotten dq for hitting Liu, man that happens almost every single hurdle race, happened to me in the semi...tough break," Oliver wrote on Twitter.

The Americans won a sprint title for sure when Carmelita Jeter rallied to take the 100 over Jamaican veteran Veronica Campbell-Brown. Kelly-Ann Baptiste of Trinidad and Tobago took bronze.

The U.S. was expected to top the women's 400, but it was Amantle Montsho who gave Botswana its first medal at a world championship by taking the gold.

Allyson Felix, a three-time world champion in the 200, was even with Montsho as they entered the final straight but couldn't overtake her in the stretch. Felix was looking for a 200-400 double at the worlds and two relay titles as well.

Montsho won in a national record time of 49.56. Felix was second in 49.59 and Anastasiya Kapachinskaya of Russia was third in 50.24.

Defending champion Sanya Richards-Ross of the U.S. finished seventh in 51.32.

Also, Pawel Wojciechowski of Poland won gold the pole vault, clearing 19 feet, 4¼ inches. He beat Lazaro Borges of Cuba, who cleared the same height, because of fewer misses. Favorite Renaud Lavillenie of France took the bronze.

Koji Murofushi of Japan won the hammer throw, edging Krisztian Pars of Hungary. Murofushi twice threw 266 feet, 6 inches to win gold, holding off Pars by two inches. Primoz Kozmus of Slovenia took the bronze at 260-5.

Murofushi, the 2004 Olympic champion, won his first world title at 36.

In the women's shot put, Valerie Adams of New Zealand defended her title, winning with a throw of 69-8¼. Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Belarus was second with 65-9½ and Jillian Camarena-Williams of the U.S. took third with 65-8¼.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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