• Harrison clocks 12.24 in 100m Hurdles; misses world record by 0.03 seconds
American Kendra Harrison was very close to break world 100m hurdles record as she clocked blazing 12.24 seconds at the annual Pre Classic on Saturday afternoon in Eugene, OR. Watch Race Video Here.
The 2015 NCAA champion Harrison ran a very strong second half of the women's 100m hurdle race to produce the second fastest time in history of 12.24. Her time was only 0.03 seconds short of current world record set by Yordanka Donkova’s back in 1988.
Brianna Rollins who entered the meet as American record holder took second with a time of 12.53 seconds.
“I’m not sure how I can top this, but I’m sure my coach has a few tricks up his sleeve,” Harrison said after the competition.
In her season opener Harrison showed her massive talent by clocking PB of 12.36 seconds in Athens, GA on April 8.
“It (the 100m hurdles) is such a short race, anything can happen. All the Americans are top in this event,” Harrison added.
Meanwhile in the men's 110m hurdles world leader Omar McLeod of Jamaica took a very confident victory clocking 13.08 over former world champion Davis Oliver of USA, who crossed the line in 13.38 seconds.
Olympic and world champion champion Christian Taylor (USA) in the final attempt beat jumped 17.76m WL to beat his compatriot Will Clasy by 20cm in the triple jump contest.
“I always want to put on a show. I believe I’m a performer. The conditions (in Eugene) are beautiful. I’m also a little greedy and so I was chasing the 18-metre mark, but it’s definitely progress.” Taylor said.
In the men's pole vault, Olympic champion and world record holder Renaud Lavillenie (FRA) and World Champion Shawn Barber (CAN) both went over 5.81m. However Pre Classic title took Lavillenie who cleared 5.81 on his first try while Barber needed three attempts. Third place in the men's pole vault took world leader Sam Kendricks (USA) with a mark of 5.71m.