Harrison stuns in women's hurdles as Gatlin wins 100m

Sat May 28, 2016 8:30pm EDT
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By Gene Cherry

EUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) - Keni Harrison equaled the second-fastest 100 meters hurdles ever run and fellow American Justin Gatlin breezed to a sparkling but wind-assisted 100 meters victory at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League meeting on Saturday.

The shocking Harrison, who has never made a global podium, stormed to victory in a U.S. record 12.24 seconds. Only retired Bulgarian Yordanka Donkova has run faster, clocking a world record 12.21 seconds in 1988 and later running 12.24.

"She stole my thunder and rightfully so," said world silver medalist Gatlin, who won the 100 in a wind-assisted 9.88 seconds to defeat Jamaican former world record holder Asafa Powell (9.94) and former world champion Tyson Gay (9.98). The wind was an over-the-allowable 2.6 meters per second.

The 23-year-old Harrison took 0.12 seconds off her personal best with the sterling run, the fastest in the world in 28 years. The wind was an allowable 0.7 meters per second.

"I am still in shock right now," said Harrison. "That was just amazing."

While Harrison and Gatlin looked ready for August's Olympics, two-time Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce showed there is work to be done.

The Jamaican, hampered by a toe injury, finished dead last in a 100 meters won by local favorite English Gardner in 10.81 seconds.

"I did not have any expectations," said Fraser-Pryce, who ran 11.18 seconds. "I'll just have to go back and assess the race. I prefer not to comment on the toe."   Continued...

May 28, 2016; Eugene, OR, USA; Kendra Harrison (USA) poses with the scoreboard after winning the women's 100m hurdles in an American record 12.24 during the 42nd Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports