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Second place finisher awarded gold in controversial hurdle race

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USA's Jason Richardson, left, looks at Cuba's Dayron Robles after the Men's 110m Hurdles final at the World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea, Monday, Aug. 29, 2011. Robles finished first but was later disqualified for making contact with China's Liu Xiang. After Robles' disqualification, Richardson was awarded the gold.

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Jason Richardson of the U.S. (top), Dayron Robles of Cuba (5) and Liu Xiang of China race toward the finish line of the men's 110 metres hurdles final at the IAAF 2011 World Championships in Daegu August 29, 2011. Robles was later stripped of his gold medal pending an inquiry after barging past Liu to win the 110 metres hurdles final at the world championships on Monday. Richardson was installed as world champion with the Chinese handed silver pending the investigation into the race.

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Dayron Robles of Cuba, right, clears a hurdle next to Liu Xiang of China on his way to winning the men's 110 metres hurdles final at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Daegu, August 29, 2011.

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Dayron Robles of Cuba, right, touches Xiang Liu of China during the 110m Hurdles final at the 13th IAAF World Championships in Daegu, Republic of Korea.

Reuters reports 'bittersweet' feelings by Jason Richardson who was awarded the gold after finishing second in the race behind Dayron Robles who was disqualified.

"The reaction is bittersweet, you never want to see someone as talented as Robles disqualified but there are rules we have to abide by," he said.

"I am disappointed to have won the gold medal on a technicality."

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