It took a little time to confirm the true magnitude of his performance, but Grant Holloway fulfilled all the pre-meeting predictions and consigned Colin Jackson’s long-standing world indoor 60m hurdles record to history with a run of 7.29* in Madrid on Wednesday (24).
Holloway’s world indoor record inevitably provided the highlight of the final meeting of the 2021 World Athletics Indoor Gold series and it was provided in almost clinical fashion, despite Holloway’s assertion that he was relaxed about the record and was just racing for fun.
He was the first to rise out of his blocks and then produced a display of textbook technique over the barriers that it would be difficult to find fault with even to the smallest degree.
Holloway knew he had run fast as soon as he crossed the line as the trackside clock showed 7.32 but initially looked slightly disappointed that he had not run faster than his heat time, which had equalled his own world-leading time of 7.32 from Lievin two weeks ago.
However, the unofficial time on display had been a few hundredths slow all night and officials told the nonplussed Holloway several times just to wait a moment for the official time.
After what seemed like an eternity – but which was in reality little more than a minute – it was finally confirmed that Holloway had gone into new territory as the stadium announcer shouted 7.29.
However, as the announcement was in Spanish and Holloway’s mastery of the language is a little rusty despite the fact that he took classes in the subject in high school, the hurdler continued to look around for a translation and confirmation of his feat.
Once the uncertainty was resolved, a broad smile finally broke over Holloway’s face.
SOURCE: World Athletics