The American Grant Holloway broke the 27-year-old world record in the 60 m hurdles in the hall by a hundredth of a second and drove 7.29 seconds at a meeting in Madrid on Wednesday.
Holloway, the world champion the 110m hurdles, broke Brit Colin Jackson’s 1994 record on the 60m hurdles that is not on the Olympic program.
Holloway’s start time was recorded at 7.32. About a minute later, the official time came as 7.29, “World Record” was displayed on a stadium scoreboard, and Holloway began to pose with a “World Record” sign.
« I wouldn’t say it was a perfect race but I tied my PR in the heat and that usually means I run faster in the finals, « Holloway said, according to World Athletics. « I know it won’t be in the record books forever, and if I fall asleep tonight – when I do fall asleep – it will already be in the past. »
Earlier this year, Holloway terrified the 60- World record with a pair of 7.32 (including one in the heats on Wednesday) and a 7.35.
23-year-old Holloway has a personal best of 12.98 in the 110m hurdles. The world record at this event is 12.80, which was set by American Aries Merritt in 2012.
« The outdoor world record is definitely in my eyes, but I want all of this to happen first, then my priority is winning the Olympic tests and then the Olympic gold medal, « Holloway said, according to World Athletics.
Holloway had an offer to play wide receiver at the University of Georgia after graduating from high school in 2016.
But the native American from Virginia wanted to become an Olympic champion, so he went on a scholarship to SEC rival Florida. He turned pro after his junior year in 2019 after overcoming the 60m and 110m NCAA hurdles in all three seasons and breaking Renaldo Nehemiah’s 40-year college record.
« American football is for the body very unforgiving, « Holloway said, according to Athletics Weekly. “Do you want to go at 30? Or sit in a wheelchair at 35? “
Holloway ended a busy year 2019 – more than 40 races from January to October – by winning the world championship in Doha. He came through after the USA failed to win a 110m hurdles medal for the first time at the 2016 Olympics and for the first time in 2017 at Welten.
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