Harrison smashes world 100m hurdles record
It was a major surprise when sprint hurdler Kendra Harrison failed to qualify for the US Olympic team, but there was certainly an air of "it was bound to happen", when she broke the 100 metres hurdles world record at the Muller Anniversary Games yesterday.
Harrison, who earlier this year teased the 12.21 world mark set by Bulgarian Yordanka Donkova with a 12.24 US record at the Prefontaine Classic in May, remarkably finished sixth at the US trials a few weeks ago and out of the top-three qualifying spots to the Rio Olympics.
She spent much of the build-up to yesterday's meet speaking about her determination to better the world record mark - a challenge she described as her only remaining motivation for the season.
The pint-sized American delivered on her objective inside the London Olympic Stadium, producing a technical masterclass to stop the clock at 12.20 and better Donkova's 28-year-old mark.
"To hear people call me a world record holder, it sounds remarkable. I wanted to come out here and show the world that I still have it even though I won't be going to the Olympics. I had to give it all I had," Harrison said shortly after her run.
American champion Brianna Rollins was second in 12.57 with Kristi Castlin, 12.59, taking third place.
Harrison, 23, burst into tears after seeing the time, which flashed at 12.5, but, in truth, looked much faster when rounded down to the record mark.
"I saw 12.5 and was just happy for the win, but seeing the record was just amazing. This is amazing!"
It's some consolation for missing out on a shot at Olympic gold.
Harrison is now responsible for two of the three fastest times in history.