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Kendra Harrison Blasts To 12.36 In 100m Hurdles Opener

ATHENS, Ga. - American Kendra Harrison flashed to a world-leading time of 12.36 second to win the women's 100m hurdles in her outdoor season opener at the Spec Towns Invitational meeting in Athens, USA, on Friday (9).

Steve Campbell

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American hurdling star Kendra Harrison in action for Kentucky. Photo by TnF Photo

ATHENS, Ga. – American Kendra Harrison flashed to a world-leading time of 12.36 second to win the women’s 100m hurdles in her outdoor season opener at the Spec Towns Invitational meeting in Athens, USA, on Friday (8).

Harrison, a finalist the the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland in March, aided by a +1.4 m/s wind, was equalling the ninth fastest 100m hurdles time on the world all-time list and the fifth faster American all-time.

Her time at the University of Georgia track, was also a new personal best – improving her previous career-best of 12.50, which was set last year.

Harrison time bettered the 12.85 seconds previous 2016 season-best time, set by Jacqueline Coward last week.

According the IAAF Stats and Info, Notably, this was the fastest-ever wind-legal opening season performance over the 100m hurdles.

En route to victory, Harrison, a former University of Kentucky standout, blasted away from a pair of current Kentucky hurdlers.

Finishing second was Jasmine Quinn, who improved her person best by 0.40 seconds when running 12.97 secs, while third went to Jacklyn Howell, who was further back with a time of 13.14.

Another notable performance at the meet came in the women long jump where Kenyattia Hackworth, jumping unattached, twice stretch out to a new personal best of 6.60m.

In fact, those PBs – which came with her very first jump in the competition and her first leap in the final, were the only marked efforts from Hackworth, who stretched on the other four attempts.

Women’s 100m Hurdles Finals

1  12.36 WL PB
2 Jasmine Quinn 12.97 PB
3 Jacklyn Howell 13.14
4 Chalese Davis 13.56
5 Teddi Maslowski 13.68
6 Alyssa Felton 13.81

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Steve Campbell

Covers meetings in the United States, including the USA Championships, meetings in Florida and Miami, as well as promoting on social media @worldtrack. Campbell discovered his writing ability at South Broward HS in Hollywood, FL, before graduating from Florida International University and continued to sharpen his skills.

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