Hurdles ace Grant Holloway will be the star attraction at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix – a World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold meeting – in New York, USA, on Sunday (6).
The event – traditionally held in Boston, but temporarily relocated to the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island – will see the world record-holder return to the event he has ruled in recent years and take on a field of star quality.
The meeting will mark the 2022 debut for Holloway, who has not lost an indoor hurdles race since 2014, when the then 16-year-old finished second at the US High School Indoor Nationals in New York. Holloway enjoyed his best ever indoor campaign last year, capped off with a world record of 7.29 in Madrid. He was beaten just once in 2021 – in the Olympic 110m hurdles final in Tokyo – and in his first race since then, the 24-year-old will be keen to get back to winning ways.
He’ll have to be near his best to do so, with fellow US stars Devon Allen and Daniel Roberts in the line-up, who went 1-2 at last weekend’s Millrose Games, clocking 7.51 and 7.53 respectively. An even bigger threat could be Trey Cunningham, who ran a world-leading 7.46 in Texas last weekend.
Speaking in the pre-event press conference, Holloway said he spent his off-season “consuming a lot of wine”, travelling and spending time with his family but he’s been back in hard training since late October.
“I’m prepared, everything has gone well and I’m ready to finally compete,” he said. “My goal is just to go out there and win. The time doesn’t really matter. It’s just to get to the finish line before anyone else, stay consistent, execute on a very high level and the rest will take care of itself. My goal is to be in tip-top shape by World Championships indoors.”
SOURCE: WORLD ATHLETICS