Grant Holloway Dominates Men’s Hurdle in Olympic Trial
Eugene, Oregon — The world record for the men’s 110-meter hurdles has been around for nearly a decade. The 400 hurdles mark dates back to 1992 and was virtually out of reach.
But on Saturday’s refreshing night at the US Olympics athletics, both of these records almost fell — and in just a 45-minute span.
In the dominant back-to-back display, the 110-meter hurdles Grant Holloway and the 400-meter hurdles Rai Benjamin each won their finals, just a moment away from immortality in Haywardfield. The state may be favored to wipe out the men’s hurdle event at the Tokyo Olympics.
The 23-year-old Florida product, Hollowway, was on the verge of breaking the world record for Aries Merritt in the semi-finals, finishing 100 seconds behind in history with a time of 12.81 seconds. He continued to win the final in 12.96 hours.
Benjamin, meanwhile, won the final with a time of 46.83 in more than a second with a 400-meter hurdle. He was only .05 seconds behind the world record set by Kevin Young, about five years before the birth of 23-year-old Benjamin.
“I saw it and it was like’Dan, man. Point Zero Five’,” Benjamin said with a smile. “It’s a bit painful to know that it’s right there and I couldn’t grab it. But it’s more fuel for fire, guy. It will come when it comes. . “
For Hollowway, flirting with records was neither surprising nor particularly emotional. After the qualifying, he felt that he could accomplish something special. It has been put into practice.
“I wasn’t asking for a record,” Hollowway said. “The main goal was to set myself up and let everyone know that I’m here to win. I told everyone in the first interview. I came to this party to sit on the wall. It wasn’t. I came to this party. Dancing. “
After his race, world champion Holloway, who reigns at his event, rushed to the stand to hug his coach Mike Holloway. The two are irrelevant, but Elder Hollowway has been teaching the Champion Hurdle since college in Florida.
Grant Holloway said they had an enthusiastic exchange on Friday, but he can’t imagine anyone else as his coach.
“The analogy I’m using is that we are both two great apes in the jungle and both want to hit their chests,” Hadler said. “We both want to hear. We are both hollowways. After all, we are (cursing) each other, but it’s all love.”
With Hollowway and Benjamin attending the men’s hurdle event and Kendra Harrison, Sydney McLaughlin and Dalilah Muhamad on the women’s side, it’s quite possible that the United States will wipe out the hurdle gold medal and leave Tokyo. There is.
They can also break some world records along the way.
“I think there’s more in the tank,” Benjamin said. “There are many more.”
Sisson cruises at 10,000 meters
Due to the scorching temperatures, USA Track & Field moved the women’s 10,000-meter race to Saturday morning. But the heat rarely slowed Emily Sison.
Sixteen months after dropping out of the Olympic marathon trial, Sisson left the crowded field and scored 10,000 meters in 13 seconds with a new tournament record of 31: 03.82. She recorded a negative split (faster time) on each of the last eight laps of the 25-lap race.
“If you’re feeling the heat, so are everyone else,” said 29-year-old Sisson, who led about three-quarters of the race.
Carissa Schweizer and Alicia Monson finished in 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Schweizer also said he would like to run both races in Tokyo after qualifying at 5,000 meters.
Look at Knighton
The 17-year-old Erriyon Knighton faced world champion Noah Lyles in the men’s 200 meters for the second consecutive day. And it was Knighton who took the lead for two consecutive days.
Before turning professional earlier this year, Knighton, a new four-star footballer, beat Lyles and won the semi-final heat with a new personal best of 19.88 seconds. He pointed out at a post-race press conference that he had slowed down with 20 meters remaining. This shows that we may run even faster in the Sunday finals. Recently won two domestic titles at LSU.
Reese beats Nageot
Brittney Reese is heading for the fourth Olympics after winning the best 23-foot, 4-inch jump on Saturday’s long jump. The 2016 Olympic silver medalist outperformed NCAA champion Tara Davis by three inches. Tara Davis was second and also participated in Tokyo.
Meanwhile, in the women’s pole vault, Katie Nageot set a new tournament record and world lead by clearing the bar at 16 feet 2 ¾ inches. Morgan Leroux and Olympic silver medalist Sandi Morris finished the team in 2nd and 3rd place respectively.