EUGENE, USA – The Hayward Field facility saw what was arguably, the greatest 100m hurdles in US Trials history on day 8 of the event.
The top three times generated in the semifinals produced the top three finishers in the final. Brianna Rollins won in 12.34 (+1.2), the second fastest time ever in an Olympic Trials finals, as she just missed the meet record of 12.33 set by Gail Devers in 2000.
“When I got to the finish line and realized I was the first one to cross, I was so overwhelmed and so excited, and I was finally able to relax and start to prepare myself for the road to Rio,” said the 2013 World champion.
On challenging to recapture the American record:
“Maybe I can, but right now I’m just focusing on getting a medal.”
Joining Rollins on the trip to Rio are Kristi Castlin 12.50 and Nia Ali in third at 12.55.
Rollins was asked about the hurdle team heading to the Olympics:
“We’re the best in the country and the best in the world. I’m so blessed and work hard at what I do, and I’m just going to continue to believe in myself and what I have. I look forward to competing with these ladies, and hopefully all three of us end up on the medal stand.”
Castlin commented: “I’ve really been working hard. This is just a stepping for us. Our end goal is to come back with some of those medals in Rio. We really have to just use this as practice as a way to execute in order to get to the big show.”
Out of the team Queen Harrison fourth 12.57 and mainly World leader Keni Harrison 12.62. Out in semis was 2008 Olympic winner Dawn Harper-Nelson.
Harrison said: “I don’t know what happened. I’ll have to watch the film. I’m a loss to explain it, but this stuff happens in the hurdles. We’ve got a great group of girls representing the U.S. in Rio. I’ll go back home and prepare for the Diamond League meet in London.”