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Keni Harrison earns third USATF Athlete of the Week honor of 2016


INDIANAPOLIS -- Keni Harrison wins USATF Athlete of the Week after breaking an American record and improving her world-leading time in the 100-meter hurdles.

Harrison (Clayton, North Carolina) now sits atop the all-time American standings in the 100m hurdles after finishing in 12.24 on May 28 at the Nike Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon.

This also makes Harrison the world’s second best 100m hurdler of all time. She stands only three hundredths of a second behind the fastest finisher in history (Yordanka Donkova, 1988 - 12.21).

The top-three times recorded worldwide in the event this year all belong to Harrison. She competes among a deep field of U.S. hurdlers, as nine of the world’s top-12 100mH athletes this year are from the United States.

This is the third time Harrison has captured USATF Athlete of the Week in 2016. She earned honors in January for her world-leading 7.83 in the 60mH and won again in April after setting the world lead in the 100mH for the fastest season opener in history at 12.36.

Other notable performances of the week include the following:

  • Tori Bowie (Sandhill, Mississippi) earned a world-leading mark and a win in the 200m finishing in 21.99 at the Nike Prefontaine Classic.
  • Emma Coburn (Crested Butte, Colorado) set an American record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Nike Prefontaine Classic, finishing third in 9:10.76. Coburn is now 13th on the world’s all-time list.
  • Joe Kovacs (Nazareth, Pennsylvania) set a world lead in the shot put at the Nike Prefontaine Classic, throwing 22.13m/72-7.25 for the win.
  • Christian Taylor (Fayetteville, Georgia) grabbed a world-leading 17.76m/58-3.25 in the triple jump to win the Nike Prefontaine Classic.
  • Allen Woodard (Houston, Texas) anchored the 4x400m in 47.5 to help set a M45 World record in 3:22.31 at Langston Hughes High School in Fairburn, Georgia.

Now in its 15th 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.


2016 Winners: Jan. 13, Garrett Heath; Jan. 20, Donavan Brazier; Jan. 27, Keni Harrison; Feb. 3, Jenn Suhr; Feb. 10, Vashti Cunningham; Feb. 17, Galen Rupp; Feb. 24, John Nunn; March 2, Curtis Beach; March 11, Bill Collins; March 16, Da’mira Allen; March 24, Michelle Carter; March 31, Janet Bawcom; April 8, Maria Michta-Coffey; April 14, Keni Harrison; April 22, LaShawn Merritt; April 28, Courtney Okolo; May 6, Ida Keeling; May 12, Willie Gault; May 18, Marquise Goodwin; June 2, Keni Harrison.


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Emily Giambalvo

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