The conditions were perfect at John McDonnell Field at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville for the Southeastern Conference Championships, and Florida’s Grant Holloway took advantage.
In the first race of the evening, Holloway blasted out of the blocks in the heats of the men’s 110 m hurdles and didn’t hit a single barrier on the way to a new lifetime best of 13.07, with a legal 1.8 m/s wind behind him.
He had competition from Kentucky star Daniel Roberts two lanes over, but he finished a distant second in 13.31.
For Holloway, still a junior at Florida, it was also a world-leading mark, much faster than the 13.21 from China’s Wenjun Xie to win the Asian Championships on 24 April.
Holloway is the U.S. hope in the hurdles; consider that his 13.07 is the fastest American time in the event since Devon Allen’s surprise 13.03 to win the 2016 Olympic Trials. He still has the finals ahead of him on Saturday, but with the weather not expected to be as helpful.
Much more, including replays of the race here.