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US sprinter Kendra Harrison, 23, breaks 100m hurdles women’s world record at London Anniversary Games

WORLD RECORD: Kendra Harrison

WORLD RECORD: Kendra Harrison

KENDRA HARRISON has shattered the world record in the 100metres hurdles with a stunning victory at the London Anniversary Games 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.

Previous record holder Yordanka Donkova (12.21) has held the record since 1988.

Kendra’s previous best was 12.24 back in May and she could not hide her delight after storming to victory.

“I’m just so full of emotions. 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.

“I trained so hard for his moment. Good luck to the girls running in Rio, but I am just shocked now.”

Kendra picks up a cheque for $50,000 (£38,178) for her new world record and she added that she intends to try break her own record before the season is up.

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