Kendra shatters world record; Bolt wins 200m

Kendra Harrison beat the old record of 12.21 seconds set by Bulgaria's Yordanka Donkova in 1988. Usain Bolt won his first 200m of the season, clocking 19.89 seconds.

Kendra Harrison beat a world record that was set before she was born.   -  AP

Kendra Harrison of the United States broke a 28-year-old world record in the 100-meters hurdles by running 12.20 seconds at the London Diamond League meet.

The confidence-boosting run comes after the 23-year-old American failed to make the U.S. team for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro next month.

Harrison beat the old record of 12.21 seconds set by Bulgaria's Yordanka Donkova on August 20, 1988. She finished way ahead of compatriot Brianna Rollins, who took 12.57 to finish the race.





"I had a vision of going out there and showing the girls what I can do. The heat time gave me my confidence back," the 28-year-old, who will not be going to the Olympics, told the BBC.

"I am at a loss for words; I'm in shock."

Meanwhile, Usain Bolt won his first 200m of the season, clocking 19.89 seconds, ahead of Panama's Alonso Edward, who finished at 20.04 seconds.

"I'm getting there," Bolt told BBC Sport. "I'm not fully in shape. I didn't execute the start well but I came through injury free so I'm happy with that."

France's Jimmy Vicaut won the men's 100m in 10.02 seconds.

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