Javier Culson says sorry for 400m hurdles final performance

Culson sorry for final performance
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Puerto Rican athlete Javier Culson says sorry to the people of his homeland for his performance in the final of the men's 400m hurdles.

Javier Culson has apologised to the residents of his native Puerto Rico for his display during last night's 400m hurdles final at the London Olympics.

The 28-year-old was regarded as the favourite to win gold heading into the Games, along with Britain's Dai Greene.

However, Culson appeared to struggle down the home straight and was forced to settle for a bronze medal.

"It was a very bad run on my behalf," said Culson. "I'm not pleased with it at all. I lost my rhythm towards the end of the race and I couldn't get it back.

"I send my apologies to the people back home but at least I made it to the final."

Culson's bronze was the first medal won at a Games by a Puerto Rican athlete.

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