American Harrison wants both hurdles records

Sat Jul 23, 2016 12:35am EDT
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By Gene Cherry

(Reuters) - One world record is not enough for Keni Harrison.

Hours after breaking the 28-year-old 100 meters hurdles record on Friday to avenge failing to make the U.S. Olympic team, the young American revealed there is another race she wants to conquer.

"(I want to) try to get another record in the 400 hurdles," Harrison told a conference call from London where she ran a record-breaking 12.20 seconds in the 100 meters hurdles.

She bettered the record of Bulgaria's Yordanka Donkova from 1988 -- four years before Harrison was born -- by one hundredth of a second.

It came in Harrison's first race since finishing sixth in the cut-throat U.S. Olympic trials where only the top three advance to the Games.

"I wanted to come out here with a vengeance to show these girls what I have," said the 23-year-old, who defeated the three women who will represent the United States in Rio.

Harrison was a sure-fired favorite before the American trials to make the U.S. team and win gold at Rio after running the second-fastest 100 meters hurdles ever in May.

"The pressure got to me," she said of the U.S. trials. "I was really heartbroken. I wanted to give up so bad."   Continued...

Jul 7, 2016; Eugene, OR, USA; Keni Harrison competes during the women’s 100m hurdles first round heats in the 2016 U.S. Olympic track and field team trials at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports