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Harrison breaks 28-year-old 100m hurdles world record in London


LONDON -- Keni Harrison set the 100m hurdles world record at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in London Friday evening, crossing in 12.20 (+0.3) to break Yordanka Donkova’s previous world record of 12.21 from 1988.


Harrison (Clayton, North Carolina) looked virtually unstoppable in her heat earlier in the day, winning easily in 12.40. In the final, the 23-year-old Harrison got out of the blocks quickly and was away from the field by the third hurdle. Harrison’s compatriots finished 2-4 behind her, with U.S. Olympic Trials champion Brianna Rollins coming in at 12.57, and Rollins’s fellow Olympic teammates Kristi Castlin and Nia Ali finishing in 12.59 and 12.63, respectively.

It is Harrison’s second record-breaking performance of the year. She set the American record of 12.24 on May 28 at the Nike Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon. She has earned USATF Athlete of the Week three times this year, her last for her then-American record in Eugene.

Amanda Brooks
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