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Holloway sets 60H record to win USATF Athlete of the Week


Grant Holloway (Chesapeake, Virginia) broke a 32-year-old American record in the 60m hurdles to earn USATF Athlete of the Week.


Holloway, a junior at the University of Florida, was the star of the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships at Birmingham, Alabama, as he powered to a 7.35 to break the American record of 7.36 first set in 1987 by Greg Foster. That mark was tied twice after Foster’s run, by Allen Johnson in 2004 and Terrence Trammell in 2010.


Leading Florida to its second straight team title, Holloway also became the No. 3 all-time performer in world history, and he added a 6.50 for gold in the 60m and a 7.95m/26-1 long jump for bronze. For good measure he added a 45.99 leg on the Gators’ bronze medal 4x400m relay. Holloway is only the second man ever to win the 60/60H double at the NCAA meet.


Full results are here.


Other notable performances from the weekend:


Erika Kemp — Kemp won her first U.S. national title, clocking 50:54 at the Gate River Run in Jacksonville, Florida, to take gold by 10 seconds at the USATF 15K Championships.

Shadrack Kipchirchir — Kipchirchir maintained his stranglehold on the USATF Running Circuit standings with a one-second win at the Gate River Run, finishing in 43:41 to edge Leonard Korir and Stanley Kebenei.

Kayla White — White won the 200m in a world-leading 22.66 and took silver in the 60 hurdles at 7.92 to become North Carolina A&T’s first female indoor NCAA Division I champion.

Tyrell Richard — Richard ran the sixth-fastest indoor 400m ever and moved to No. 5 on the all-time world performer list with his 44.82 for South Carolina State at the NCAA Division I Championships.

Morgan Smalls — A high school junior from Cary, North Carolina, Smalls won the high jump at the New Balance Indoor Nationals in New York City, clearing 1.91m/6-3.25 to become the No. 2 prep indoor performer ever behind only Vashti Cunningham.


Now in its 18th year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.


2019 Winners: January 9, Nick Christie; January 16, Hillary Bor; January 23, Taylor Ewert; January 30, Devin Dixon; February 6, Alison Wood; February 13, Ajee’ Wilson; February 20, Abbabiya Simbassa; February 27, Athing Mu; March 6, Neringa Jakstiene; March 13, Grant Holloway.


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