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Harrison eyes up 400m hurdles challenge

Published:Thursday | July 20, 2017 | 12:00 AMJoel Campbell

KENDRA HARRISON hasn't ruled out going back to the 400m hurdles once she has achieved her goal at next month's World Championships in London.

The diminutive sprint hurdler missed out on the 100m hurdles at the Rio Olympic Games last year after failing to qualify at her national championships. She went on to register a new world record at the London Anniversary Games later that season and has her eye on setting an even quicker time next month when she competes in the same event in the United Kingdom.




But what may come as a surprise to many is the American's desire to return to the one lap hurdles race in a bid to do what no athlete has ever done before.

She said: "Yes, definitely, the 400m hurdles is something that I want to get back to doing, I've taken two years off and at the end of this year my coach and I are going to sit down and have a serious conversation about what I want to do. Do I want to continue to run the 100m hurdles or do I want to try and be more diverse and do something that has never been done before. So it's definitely a possibility."

Harrison's personal best time in the 400m hurdles is 54.09 which would see her in the top ten in the 2017 rankings at this point of the season.

Talking about the prospect of possibly doubling up at the next Olympic Games in 2020 Harrison said: "That's something that me and my coach have talked about.

"Winning World champs this year I will have the automatic (qualifying) for the following champs and maybe that will give me the opportunity to go to the 400m hurdles and try to make the team. The rules would have to change just because the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles overlap each other but we don't really know right now, we're just looking at the possibilities."