Barbados’ last hope of winning an Olympic medal ended yesterday when Ryan Brathwaite finished fifth in the men’s 110-metre hurdles at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
He was the first Barbadian to reach an Olympic final in eight years since Obadele Thompson ran in the men’s 100 metres final in Athens 2004.
Brathwaite got a good start and was with the race leaders over the first half of the race, despite striking the first hurdle.
He seemed to graze several others in between and then struck the sixth and seventh, throwing his rhythm completely off.
Brathwaite’s time was 13.40 seconds running out of Lane 8 after clocking a season’s best 13.23 seconds in the first round Tuesday and semi-finals earlier yesterday.