London 2012 hurdles is the twelfth London Olympics doodle, carrying on the tradition of a Google doodle every day of the Olympics.
Hurdles racing is just like normal racing, except athletes also need to jump over a series of obstacles (called "hurdles"). Typically, a hurdles race features 10 hurdles, irrespective of the distance involved. So we have 100m or 110m hurdles (corresponding race of 100m sprint), as well as 400m hurdles, with the same number of hurdles (10).
The doodle itself is in the form of a game, where the user's aim is to make the athlete complete the distance as fast as possible. Rapidly alternating the left and right keys makes the athlete in the game go faster while the space bar can be used to jump over the hurdle. Try aiming for a sub-12 second time to be the Usain Bolt (or Dayron Robles, the 110m hurdles champion at Beijing Olympics) of your office!
Last Friday, the Google doodle had celebrated the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. The doodle 5 athletes playing different Olympic sports. On Saturday, the Google doodle had celebrated the sport of archery, with a female archer getting ready to aim for bull's eye.
Last Sunday's Google doodle celebrated the Olympic sport of diving. Monday and Tuesday were about fencing and gymnastics men's rings respectively. Wednesday it was the turn of field hockey, the first time the sport found its way into a Google doodle. The sport of table tennis or ping pong was depicted on Thursday. This Friday it was the turn of shot put, while Saturday and Sunday had pole vault and synchronised swimming respectively. Monday saw the week start with a javelin Google doodle.
Google has a rich history of Olympics related doodles. In 2008, there was a doodle celebrating the opening ceremony of the Bejing Olympics on Aug 8, 2008. This doodle showed the five Beijing Olympics mascots - BeiBei, JingJing, HuanHuan, YingYing and NiNi - carrying the Olympic flag.
Each day in 2008 saw different Google doodles being released. It is expected that this year too Google will stay true to its tradition and come out with a series of doodles spread across the fifteen days of the Olympics.
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