Photo: Javier Culson
Puerto Rico is counting on hurdler Javier Culson to win the island’s first-ever gold medal in the Olympic Games that start two weeks from now in London, Puerto Rican Olympic Committee chair David Bernier told Efe in San Juan on Friday.
He spoke following Culson’s triumph in the 400-meter hurdles at the London Diamond League meeting.
The 27-year-old finished the course in 47.78 seconds, equaling his season-best performance last week in Paris.
“This demonstrates his consistency, which is the most important thing,” Bernier said. “And so we see that Javier has shown he arrived at the Olympics as everyone wants to arrive: in his optimum condition.”
“Our athlete will arrive in the best condition he can to push aside the rest and try to reach the Olympic podium,” said Bernier, a veteran of the Puerto Rican National Fencing Team.
Finishing second Friday in London was Briton David Greene, Culson’s archrival.
Culson, who is unbeaten in the 400 meters this season, won silver medals at the 2009 and 2011 IAAF World Championships in Berlin and Daegu, South Korea, respectively.