Harrison clocks the second quickest 100m hurdles time in history, while Asbel Kiprop, Ruth Jebet, Muktar Edris and Christian Taylor are also among the winners in Eugene
Keni Harrison continued her superb season by clocking 12.24 to just miss the 100m hurdles world record at the Prefontaine Classic on Saturday (May 28).
With a dominant run in front of a home crowd at Hayward Field in Eugene, the 23-year-old beat Brianna Rollins, who had previously held the American record with 12.26, and Jasmin Stowers and clocked the second fastest time in history behind Yordanka Donkova’s 12.21 run in 1988.
Harrison’s time at the Diamond League meeting takes 0.12 off the PB she had run in April when opening her outdoor season in Athens, USA, with that time having then put her equal-ninth on the world all-time list.
Rollins, who won the world title in 2013 and claimed world indoor 60m hurdles silver in Eugene earlier this year in a race that saw Harrison place eighth, clocked 12.53 for the Pre Classic runner-up spot, while Stowers ran 12.55. Another American athlete Nia Ali, who retained her world indoor title ahead of Rollins in March, clocked 12.72 for fourth, as Britain’s Tiffany Porter was seventh with 12.90.
In the final event of the programme, three-time world 1500m gold medallist Asbel Kiprop won his fourth Bowerman Mile title in a world-leading 3:51.52 to beat Morocco’s world bronze medallist Abdalaati Iguider with 3:51.96 and his fellow Kenyan Elijah Motonei Manangoi, who secured silver in Beijing, with 3:52.39.
Earlier on, Britain’s Charlie Grice had run an almost two-second PB to win the ‘national’ mile event in 3:52.64, making it two lifetime bests in two races following the 22-year-old’s 1:46.95 800m in Los Angeles a week before. That mark had been a world lead before the top three bettered it in the Bowerman Mile.
Ruth Jebet and Hyvin Kiyeng clocked the second and third quickest 3000m steeplechase times in history, running 8:59.97 and 9:00.01 respectively to just miss the world record of 8:58.81.
In a brilliant battle, Bahrain’s world junior champion Jebet just managed to hold on for the win as Kenya’s world champion Kiyeng chased her down over the final lap. Behind them, Emma Coburn broke the American record with 9:10.76.
Despite having seemingly missed the break, Ethiopia’s Muktar Edris proved his tactics for the 5000m were spot on as he beat Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor after surging past him on the home straight to clock 12:59.43 to the world 10,000m silver medallist’s 12:59.98. In third, Mo Ahmed ran a Canadian record of 13:01.74. That’s a second consecutive 5000m win for Edris in the Diamond League series as he claimed victory in Shanghai with a time of 12:59.96.
World silver medallist Faith Kipyegon improved her own Kenyan 1500m record to 3:56.40 to beat Ethiopia’s Dawit Seyaum with a 3:58.10 PB, while Britain’s Laura Weightman placed sixth with 4:03.04.
Olympic champion Christian Taylor and London 2012 silver medallist Will Claye passed the world lead between them in the triple jump, Taylor saving his best for last to eventually claim victory with a leap of 17.76m ahead of fellow American Claye’s 17.56m. France’s world record-holder and Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie won the pole vault on countback ahead of Canada’s world champion Shawn Barber, with both athletes clearing 5.81m.
USA’s world indoor champion Boris Berian beat Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich and Mohammed Aman to win the 800m in 1:44.20, while Grenada’s Olympic champion Kirani James took the 400m ahead of USA’s LaShawn Merritt, 44.22 to 44.39. The women’s event was won by Bahamian sprinter Shaunae Miller as she continued her 400m winning ways this season by clocking 50.15 to beat USA’s Francena McCorory.
Women’s 200m victory was claimed by USA’s world 100m bronze medallist Tori Bowie who dipped under 22 seconds with 21.99, as Netherlands’ world 200m champion Dafne Schippers ran 22.11. Justin Gatlin clocked a windy 9.88 (+2.6) to win the 100m from Asafa Powell with 9.94.
Michael Tinsley led a US top three in the 400m hurdles, clocking 48.74 ahead of Kerron Clement with 48.87 and Bershawn Jackson with 49.04. There was a US top two in the women’s 100m as English Gardner claimed victory ahead of Tianna Bartoletta – 10.81 to 10.94. Jamaica’s double Olympic and seven-time world gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who had been struggling with injury, finished eighth in 11.18. The 110m hurdles was won by Jamaica’s Omar McLeod in 13.06 from USA’s David Oliver with 13.38.
USA’s world leader Chaunte Lowe won the high jump with a 1.95m clearance as Britain’s Isobel Pooley placed eighth with 1.88m, while Egypt’s world javelin silver medallist Ihab Abdelrahman threw 87.37m to beat Kenya’s world champion Julius Yego with 84.68m.
Saturday’s action followed ‘Distance Night in Eugene’ which saw Mo Farah among the winners as he clocked a world-leading 26:53.71 to claim 10,000m victory. Click here to read more.
Full results can be found here.