Track and field

Holloway and Benjamin hit world records for 110 and 400 hurdles

Wonderful day in the trials of the United States with several historical marks

Demential day on the penultimate day of the United States trials, with several marks for history. For starters, in the 110 hurdles, with the reigning world champion, Grant Holloway , running the semifinals at 12.81 (+1.8), second-best mark ever, and just one hundredth behind Aries Merritt’s world record .

Holloway, who would later prevail in the final with 12.96 (+0.4), has already broken the world record of 60 hurdles this season with a time of 7.29, surpassing the 7.30 that the historic Colin Jackson had as a world top since 1994. Devon Hallen (13.10) and Daniel Roberts (13.11) are the other two athletes who achieved the Olympic ticket in this event.

In the 400 hurdles, the world runner-up Rai Benjamin won with a record of 46.83 , the second best mark in history, just five hundredths of the old record of Kevin Young , in force since the Barcelona Games, and which seems to have its days numbered as demonstrated by Benjamin and Norwegian Karsten Warholm this season.

In the women’s 200, more wood with Gabby Thomas stopping the clock at 21.61 (+1.3), second best mark in history. Thomas, 24, came to Eugene with a mark of 22.17 and between the series, the semifinal and the final he has improved it by half a second .

In this test, highlight the fifth place of Allyson Felix (22.11) , who could not add a second ticket in Tokyo to the previously achieved in the 400 meters. Jenna Prandini (21.89) and Anavia Battle (21.95) will be Thomas’s teammates in the Japanese event.

In the female pole another ‘marcón’ was seen, in this case by Katie Nageotte , who with 4.95 in her second attempt equaled the third best mark in the history of the Russian Anzhelika Sidorova , who is emerging as her great rival in the games. Nageotte then tried unsuccessfully to break the bar above 5.07 , which would have been a world record.

On the hammer, DeAnna Price became the second woman to break the 80-meter barrier with a fifth 80.31-meter throw. Price seems to put Polish world record holder Anita Wlodarczyk in serious trouble , who this year has a mark of 74.06 for best launch.

Erriyon Knighton erases another Bolt record

At length, Brittney Reese triumph with a best jump, fifth, of 7.13 (+1.3). Reese, gold in London 2012 and silver in Rio 2016, is now third in the world ranking of the year in a test that promises strong emotions in Tokyo, especially if Yulimar Rojas tries the double together with the triple.

Finally, it should be noted that all the favorites will be in the final of the 200 meters, with Erriyon Knighton leading the semifinals with a time of 19.88 (+1.1). Knighton, just 17 years old, had already broken Usain Bolt’s under- 18 world record twice but now, with his first career under 20 seconds, he also breaks the under-20 record that the Jamaican genius had with 19.93 since 2004 .

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