The Olympics don’t start for a few more weeks, but SEC speed has reached the running world.
Former Kentucky track star Kendra Harrison broke the 100-meter hurdles world record at the London Anniversary Games on Friday. Harrison’s 12.2-second run broke the previous record of 12.21 set by Bulgarian Yordanka Donkova in 1988.
Even though she now has the world record, Harrison won’t be competing in the Olympic games after getting edged out of the trials.
“Not making the Olympic team, I was really upset and wanted to come here and show what I could have done,” Harrison told the BBC. “I had vengeance on my mind and wanted to show the girls what I had. I trained so hard for this moment. Good luck to the girls running in Rio, but I am just shocked now.”
The former Kentucky star is the first American woman ever to hold the record in this event. Donkova and Bulgarian teammate Ginka Zagorcheva set the last five records between 1986 and 1988.
Harrison won the national championship in both the 60-meter and 100-meter hurdles in 2015. Over the course of her career, she was named an All-American 15 times. Harrison worked as a volunteer assistant coach with the Wildcats this season while training for the Olympic trials.