Kendra Harrison Wins 2016 Diamond Race Title

-1ZÜRICH, Switzerland – Kentucky track and field Class of 2015 alumna Kendra Harrison won her sixth consecutive IAAF Diamond League race of the 2016 season, officially claiming the Diamond Race Title and its accompanying honors and benefits on Thursday.

Harrison won a close 100-meter hurdles race in 12.63 at Thursday’s Zürich meeting. She finished the 2016 IAAF Diamond League – a series of the world’s best non-championship one-day meets – undefeated.

Harrison collected the Diamond Trophy, a $40,000 U.S. cash prize, and in all likelihood a wild card into the 2017 IAAF World Championships, which will be held in London where she broke the world record in July.

The only outdoor final that Harrison didn’t win all year was the United States Olympic Team Trials – where she finished sixth – missing out on a spot in the Games.

Harrison won three races in Europe in the last two weeks – two (Paris and Zürich) scored her points in the Diamond Race.

“My confidence is definitely up,” she said. “To be 23 and already have the world record feels awesome. I’m only going to keep working harder.”

She has run eight of the nine fastest times recorded this season – including the world record (12.20) and two of the three fastest times ever. 


With 10 points going to Diamond League race winners, and points doubled in the Zürich final, Harrison earned 70 points this year, 47 points ahead of the closest competitor eligible for the title in the final standings (must compete in the final to claim the title).

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