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VIDEO: Brazilian hurdler takes “leaving it out on the track” to a new level

A Brazilian hurdler did everything he could, including a belly flop, to qualify for the next round of the men's 110m hurdles at the Olympics.

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Brazilian João Vitor De Oliveira did everything he could do to automatically qualify for the next round of the men’s 110m hurdles. Following a rain delay at the Rio Olympics, the hometown favourite dove across the line to qualify by 0.01 seconds.

The top four in each heat of the men’s 110m hurdles automatically qualify for the semifinals. Fortunately, with his belly flop, he was able to run 13.63, which is also a season best. He was fourth in heat three. Canadian Johnathan Cabral qualified for the semifinals in an earlier heat before there was a 15-minute delay due to rain. Cabral also ran 13.63.

The Brazilian never left his lane and was not disqualified for the dive. Athletes must stay in their lanes for the entirety of the 110m hurdles.

Video of the diving finish

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The other Canadian in the 110m hurdles heats was Sekou Kaba of Ottawa. He did not advance by virtue of placing eighth in heat five in 13.70.

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The evening session at the Olympics is currently underway and will feature the final of the men’s 800m and the women’s 400m. Note that some of the race schedules may be pushed back slightly after the races were delayed due to inclement weather.

Cabral’s race

Kaba’s race

HEAT 2 Results (with Cabral)

POS BIB ATHLETE MARK DETAIL REACTION TIME
1 2368 Orlando ORTEGAESP 13.32 Q 0.124
2 2552 Balázs BAJIHUN 13.52 Q 0.151
3 2296 Milan TRAJKOVICCYP 13.59 Q 0.143
4 2194 Johnathan CABRALCAN 13.63 Q 0.153
5 2283 Jhoanis PORTILLACUB 13.81 0.122
6 2489 Matthias BÜHLERGER 13.82 0.145
7 2718 Xaysa ANOUSONELAO 14.40 0.134
2614 Deuce CARTERJAM DQ R 168.7b 0.176

HEAT 3 Results (with De Oliveira)

POS BIB ATHLETE MARK DETAIL REACTION TIME
1 2413 Dimitri BASCOUFRA 13.31 Q 0.151
2 2469 Andrew POZZIGBR 13.50 Q 0.127
3 2629 Andrew RILEYJAM 13.52 Q 0.136
4 2138 João Vitor DE OLIVEIRABRA 13.63 Q SB 0.121
5 2891 Antonio ALKANARSA 13.64 0.128
6 2987 Mikel THOMASTTO 13.68 0.131
7 2593 Eddie LOVETTISV 13.77 0.143
2307 Petr SVOBODACZE DQ R 168.7b 0.132

HEAT 5 Results (with Kaba)

POS BIB ATHLETE MARK DETAIL REACTION TIME
1 3047 Ronnie ASHUSA 13.31 Q 0.149
2 2428 Pascal MARTINOT-LAGARDEFRA 13.36 Q 0.148
3 2445 Lawrence CLARKEGBR 13.55 Q 0.146
4 2154 Éder Antonio SOUZABRA 13.61 Q SB 0.134
5 2832 Damian CZYKIERPOL 13.63 0.162
6 2938 Milan RISTICSRB 13.66 0.133
7 2233 Wenjun XIECHN 13.69 0.166
8 2201 Sekou KABACAN 13.70 0.141