A world record in the women’s 100m hurdles highlighted the world-leading times in 2016 over the weekend.
American sprint hurdler, Kendra Harrison, who shockingly missed out on qualifying for the Rio Olympic Games next month, after finishing outside the top three at the U.S. Trials, bounced back with a world record outing at the Anniversary Games – London Diamond League meeting on Friday.
The 23-year-old, apart from the lone blip at the U.S. Trials, dominated the women’s 100m hurdles this season and entered the London meeting with an American record and personal best of 12.24 seconds, which at the time, was also the second fastest-ever.
Feeling confident after the qualifying round, the USA star went into the final and produced a time of 12.20 seconds to break a 28-year-old world record.
Her run provided the biggest spark on last Friday’s schedule and achieved on a day when even Usain Bolt was on the same program.
Harrison smashed the old mark of 12.21, which was set by Yordanka Donkova in 1988.
“After not making the Olympic team, I wanted to show these girls what I have,” the new world record holder said. “You have one bad day but I knew I still had it in me.”
Also sizzling to a world-leading time last weekend was Bahamian quarter-final Shaunae Miller, who was outstanding in the women 400m dash.
Miller, one of the hottest threat to Allyson Felix’s chance of winning the women’s one-lap event at the Olympic Games, posted a time of 49.55 seconds to improve the previous 2016 best of 49.68, which was done by the American world champion.
There were also world-leading performances from the Great Britain camp, with both the men’s and women’s 4x100m relay teams and long distance star Mo Farah among the highlighters in London.
Great Britain dominated the women’s 4x100m to win a time of 41.81, while the men’s team clocked a swift 37.78secs to take their section.
Double Olympic champion Farah ran 12:59.29 to secure first place in the men’s 5000m.
USA’s Sandi Morris set a 2016 world best of 4.93m in the women pole vault in Houston, Texas, her countryman Christian Taylor did 17.78m to win the men’s triple jump, Belgium’s Philip Milanov had a mark of 68.44m for the men’s discus.
Renaud Lavillenie of France cleared 5.96m in the men’s pole vault David Rudisha of Kenya ran 1:43.35 in Sotteville-lès-Rouen for the men’s 800m in Székesfehérvár on July 18.
The Best In 2016 So Far
Women – World-Leading
100 Elaine Thompson JAM 10.70
200 Dafne Schippers NED 21.93
400 Shaunae Miller BAH 49.55
800 Caster Semenya RSA 1:55.33
1500 Faith Kipyegon KEN 3:56.41
Mile Faith Kipyegon KEN 4:18.60
3000 Almaz Ayana ETH 8:23.11
5000 Almaz Ayana ETH 14:12.59
10000 Almaz Ayana ETH 30:07.00
HM Violah Jepchumba KEN 65:51
Mar Tirfe Tsegaye ETH 2:19:41
3000S Ruth Chebet BRN 8:59.97
100H Keni Harrison USA 12.20 World Record
400H Dalilah Muhammad USA 52.88
HJ Chaunté Lowe USA 2.01m
LJ Brittney Reese USA 7.31m
TJ Caterine Ibargüen COL 15.04m
PV Sandi Morris USA 4.93
SP Gong Lijiao CHN 20.43
DT Sandra Perković CRO 70.88
HT Anita Włodarczyk POL 80.26
JT Vera Rebrik RUS 67.30
Hep Brianne Theisen-Eaton CAN 6765pts
4×1 Great Britain 41.81
4×4 Great Britain 3:25.05
Men – World-Leading
100 Justin Gatlin USA 9.80
200 LaShawn Merritt USA 19.74
400 LaShawn Merritt USA 43.97
800 David Rudisha KEN 1:43.35
1500 Asbel Kiprop KEN 3:29.33
Mile Asbel Kiprop KEN 3:51.48
3000 Mohamed Farah GBR 7:32.62
5000 Mohamed Farah GBR 12:59.29
10000 Yigrem Demelash ETH 26:51.11
HM Solomon Yego KEN 58:44
Mar Eliud Kipchoge KEN 2:03:05
3000S Conseslus Kipruto KEN 8:00.12
110H Omar McLeod JAM 12.98
400H Johnny Dutch USA 48.10
HJ Mutaz Essa Barshim QAT 2.40m
LJ Jarrion Lawson USA 8.58m
TJ Christian Taylor USA 17.78m
PV Renaud Lavillenie FRA 5.96m
SP Joe Kovacs USA 22.13m
DT Philip Milanov BEL 68.44m
HT Paweł Fajdek POL 81.87m
JT Thomas Röhler GER 91.28m
Dec Ashton Eaton USA 8750pts
4×100 37.78 Great Britain
4×400 3:00.38 LSU (University)