BUDAPEST, Hungary (August 21) – Grant Holloway of the USA solidified his dominance in the men’s world 110m hurdles, storming to his third consecutive World Athletics Championships gold the National Athletics Centre here in Budapest on Monday.
The 25-year-old dynamo, who previously triumphed in Doha in 2019 and Eugene last summer, took command from the outset and never looked back, crossing the line in a season’s best of 12.96 seconds.
“Three in a row!” an elated Holloway exclaimed post-race. “The main thing was really just to come through here and defend my title. I’ve been really consistent this year and the aim here was just to continue that through the rounds.
“I felt no pressure at all, just wanted to run cleanly and stay calm at the finish line. I got a little sloppy at the end but that’s just tiredness like everybody has in the hurdles.
“Overall, it was good though. Sub-13 in the final – I’ve got to be happy with that. My consistency showed, I think, and I managed to put everyone else into office mode, to put them on defence.
“I knew they were going to close really quickly, so my main goal was to keep smooth to the line. Now I need to get ready for the rest of the season. I just want to enjoy this while I can and keep going.”
Jamaica’s Olympic champion, Hansle Parchment, made a commendable comeback. After missing last year’s final due to a last-minute injury, Parchment overcame a shaky start to clinch silver with a time of 13.07.
The USA’s Daniel Roberts, clocking in at 13.09, was all smiles as he captured his maiden major championship bronze.
However, the final was notably absent of this season’s fastest hurdler, Rasheed Broadbell of Jamaica, who had a premature exit in the preliminary rounds on Sunday.
In another noteworthy performance, France’s rising talent, Sasha Zhoya, the 2021 World U20 champion, finished sixth with a time of 13.26.
At just 21, Zhoya is undoubtedly a name to watch in the coming seasons.
PHOTO: Grant Holloway celebrates winning the men’s world 110m hurdles title at Budapest 2023. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images for World Athletics
Men’s World 110m Hurdles Final Result
- rant Holloway (USA) – 12.96 SB
- Hansle Parchment (JAM) – 13.07 SB
- Daniel Roberts (USA) – 13.09
- Freddie Crittenden (USA) – 13.16 SB
- Shunsuke Izumiya (JPN) – 13.19
- Sasha Zhoya (FRA) – 13.26
- Jason Joseph (SUI) – 13.28
- Wilhem Belocian (FRA) – 13.32