After the hitch of Wilhem Belocian, eliminated in the first series after refusing the ninth hurdle, Aurel Manga and Pascal Martinot-Lagarde managed to qualify this Tuesday for the semi-finals of the 110m hurdles of the Jo de Tokyo.

In the fourth series, Manga, very comfortable, had no problem winning in 13”24 (-0.2), at the same time equaling his personal best, while he seemed in have kept a little under the foot.

An ease that Pascal Martinot-Lagarde also let appear. Yet lacking benchmarks and pace after having been bothered by injuries for several months, the European champion seemed to manage his series, being very fast between the obstacles to take second place in the fifth series in 13”37 (-0.1), behind American Devon Allen (13”21).

For the rest, the reigning world champion Grant Holloway flew over these series (13”02, -0.1) and will be the big favorite on Wednesday for the semi-finals and the final, while Sergey Shubenkov (2015 world champion) and Orlando Ortega (2016 Olympic vice-champion) did not take the start.

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