Women’s 100m Hurdles World Record (WR) holder Kendra Harrison further displayed that she could be on course to breaking that milestone after storming to a World Leading (WL) and Meeting Record (MR) of 12.28s at the Gyulai Memorial in Budapest.

That time is the 10th joint fastest time ever in the women’s 100m Hurdles, a mark also held by Ludmila Engquist & Sally Pearson, with Harrison accounting for two of the four fastest times in history.

Such was Harrison’s gap over her fellow competitors that her closest challenger, Jasmine Stowers finished 2nd in 12.66s, and Sharika Nelvis 3rd in 12.69s. In fact the previous MR set by Lolo Jones was 12.69s in 2015, a mark either of the top 3 finishers this year could have matched.

Barring any unforeseen circumstance, Harrison seems to have the 100m Hurdles in the bag, and who knows she could go to break her own WR and set a new one.

In the men’s 110m Hurdles, Olympic champion Omar McLeod came back to winning ways after winning with an MR of 12.96s. McLeod who had a disappointing outing in Paris last weekend, made amends after beating World Champion Sergey Shubenkov who was 2nd in with a Season’s Best of 13.01s and Aries Merritt also clocking an SB of 13.11s.

While in the women’s 400m, Olympic Champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo also joined the party of new MR in Hungary, racing to a time of 49.86s to win the event. Courtney Okolo finished 2nd with an SB of 50.41s while Chris-Ann Gordon was 3rd in 51.05s.



While in the men’s 400m, another Bahamian athlete Steven Gardiner won with a time of 44.61s. Gardiner beat Luka Janezic who was 2nd in 45.44s, and Marchel Cedenio 3rd in 45.47s.

Bershawn Jackson shook off the disappointment of the US Trials and today won the men’s 400m Hurdles in 49.54s. Byron Robinson finished 2nd in 49.60s and Rasmus Magi 3rd in 49.69s.

For Olympic and World men’s 800m Champion David Rudisha, it was a good outing for the Kenyan who recorded his first win of 2017. Rudisha clocked an SB of 1:44.90 beating his countryman Job Kinyor who was 2nd in 1:45.26 and another Kenyan Nicholas Kipkoech who completed the podium places in 3rd with 1:45.65


In some of the field events of the day, Italy’s Anita Marton comfortably won the women’s Shot Put with a mark of 19.48m beating Jeneva Stevens who was 2nd with 18.31m and Auriole Dongmo 3rd with 18.06m.

South Africa’s Rushwal Samaai set an MR to win the men’s long jump with his best leap of 8.34m. Of all five jumps that he scored marks in, all were above 8m with his least mark being 8.21m.

Samaai defeated Jeff Henderson who was 2nd with a mark of 8.18m and Maykel Masso 3rd with a mark of 7.98m. Can Samaai successfully challenge his compatriot Luvo Manyonga for the World title in London?

Very proficient in writing and talking about football, but has now found a new love in Athletics. Just a matter of time before I become a master on things pertaining to the tracks. Formerly the Content Manager-Sports at NigerianBulletin and Allsports, Christopher is now a Senior Sports writer at Making of Champions.


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