True to his word, Nick Hough hit all 10 hurdles to finish second-last in his 110m semifinal today.
The Sydney hurdler caught the eye on his Olympic debut in the heats and had jokingly predicted that he would hit every hurdle in the semis.
Except, maybe he wasn’t joking.
Lining up against a strong field that included Jamaica’s Ronald Levy and Frenchman Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, Hough took off from the blocks and proceeded to clip the first hurdle.
He then knocked down the second, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth hurdles.
Hurdles three and 10 swayed after he flicked them on the way through but stayed upright.
After the race, Hough told Channel 7 that he was a sore after his heat yesterday.
“I’m just happy got out there on the track today,” he said. “I had a bit of a sore calf after the heat yesterday.
“It was a struggle to warm up and I just didn’t have much power … to get going an drive through the hurdles.
“But great to be out here. Great to be representing Australia.
“Amazing to be competing at my first Olympic semifinal. And it’s fuelled the fire to go to the final next time.”
Hough said the Paris Olympics in 2024 would be where he would aim to his mark.
“Paris is my time. It’s going to be the big one for me,” he said.