April 24 2018
A reflection on the effect that 2018 Boston Marathon champion Desiree Linden's win has on the American running community one week later.
After missing the Olympic team at the Olympic Track Trials earlier this month, American Keni Harrison returned to the oval at the Müller Anniversary Games in London—and then she smashed a 28-year-old world record in the 100m hurdles. She broke it by .01 seconds, but she won her race by a massive margin.
So yes, this means what you’re thinking—the now-world record holder in the 100m hurdles won’t actually be racing on the biggest stage in Rio. Despite a great season, including an American record performance at the Prefontaine Classic earlier this year, the Olympic Trials were what we would call a “hiccup” for the hurdling stud. She finished sixth, when the top-three advance to the games.
Initially upon seeing the final time—12.58—on the board in London, Harrison didn’t have a clue she broke the record. The incorrect time displayed was quickly changed to reflect her actual 12.20 finishing time, and the runner broke down in celebration and emotion.
“Not making the Olympic team I was truly upset, and I wanted to come out here and do what I know I could have done,” Harrison said on the BBC. “I was coming out here with a vengeance to show these girls what I have.”
She’s crazy fast! Kendra “Keni” Harrison represented the U.S. at the 2015 world championships, after finishing second at the U.S. championships (which qualifies you for worlds), as well as at the 2016 world indoor championships. Barely removed from an outstanding college career at University of Kentucky, Harrison won NCAA titles both indoors and outdoors last year as well.
Fun facts about this overnight sensation:
Watch the video above from Fast Misha—and freak out right alongside her, just as Twitter did!