Kendra Harrison breaks 100m hurdles women's world record at London Anniversary Games
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Kendra Harrison set a new world record in the 100metres hurdles at London's Anniversary Games with a stunning victory in just 12.20seconds.
The American, who will not compete in Rio after finishing sixth in a super competitive US trials, beat the world record by one-hundredth of a second. She was unaware of her achievement ducking under the tape.
The previous record was set in 1988 with Yordanka Donkova (12.21). Harrison was visibly surprised when realising her feat.
Harrison said: "Not making the Olympic team I was really upset and wanted to come here and show what I could have done," said the 23-year-old. "I had vengeance on my mind and wanted to show the girls what I had.
Harrison said she had targeted the world record after missing out on Rio.
"I trained so hard for his moment. Good luck to the girls running in Rio, but I am just shocked now."
Harrison stated she would return next year to London after receiving an ovation from the stadium crowd.
Colin Jackson, a former two-time 110m hurdles champion, said:
"This is a world-class field and she destroyed it," Jackson told the BBC. "It's always great to witness history and we saw it here in London."