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fall at the first hurdle

To fail to accomplish some task or goal at the very beginning of the attempt. John had his business plan all laid out, but he fell at the first hurdle when the bank refused to grant him a loan.
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fall at the final hurdle

To fail to accomplish some task or goal at the very end of the attempt. Negotiations between the two warring countries fell at the final hurdle due to disagreements over cross-border taxation.
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fall at the last hurdle

To fail to accomplish some task or goal at the very end of the attempt. Negotiations between the two warring countries fell at the last hurdle due to disagreements over cross-border taxation.
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This helps the hurdler maintain a sprinter's posture that is critical to the ideal of "sprinting the hurdles.
The 21-year-old sprint hurdler from London has been charged by UK Anti-Doping with having committed an anti-doping rule violation.
The 21-year-old sprint hurdler has been charged by UK Anti-Doping with having committed an anti-doping rule violation.
The seven-year-old will have progressed from that first chase outing and it is worth remembering he was quite a classy novice hurdler last term.
Among 82 young athletes in the worldclass talent funding tier are the Tamworth pair of 400m hurdlers Meghan Beesley and Nathan Woodward, 400m runners Robert Davis and Jordan McGrath, high hurdler Edirin Okoro and high jumper Jessica Leach.
STAYING hurdler Black Jack Ketchum is 3-1 favourite with Blue Square to take the pounds 200,000 first prize in British Horseracing Board Order of Merit this season.
For now, though, Clement considers himself a hurdler, and Holloway isn't about to argue.
Having been responsible for the champion steeplechaser in every category, only Inglis Drever's position as top staying hurdler could prevent a clean sweep for Irish-trained horses.
MERSEYSIDE hurdler Diane Allahgreen has tied the knot with long-term boyfriend Tony Hawkins.
PTHE most revealing conversation of the week had to be the one between BBC Commonwealth Games interviewer Sally Gunnell and 400 metres hurdler Natasha Danvers, above.
20), a hurdler that has already done connections proud this campaign.
RUBY WALSH has excellent prospects of notching up a double where his rides include the fast-improving hurdler King Rama.
Brave Inca was also recognised as Champion Two- Mile Hurdler, while War Of Attrition was named as Champion Three-Mile Chaser, after wins in the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Punchestown Guinness Gold Cup.
Colm Murphy's stable star was also recognised as champion two-mile hurdler at the inaugural occasion held by the British Horseracing Board and Irish Turf Club in central London.
Champion Two-and-a-Half Mile + Hurdler - Inglis Drever