Hurdler Harrison tweets she broke hand before Doha win


LOS ANGELES: World record-holder Kendra Harrison tweeted Friday that her 100m hurdles victory at the Doha Diamond League meeting came with a broken hand.

“Broke my hand during my final push out,” Harrison wrote on the social media site. “Nothing but Gods strength & my determination that got me through that race w/ a win. #backtowork”

She retwetted a picture of medical personnel bandaging her left hand and forearm.

“@Ken_AYE shows GRIT by winning Doha 100mH DL after breaking her hand warming up!” her coach Edrick Floreal posted on Twitter. “was rushed to the hospital after the race!”

It was not immediately clear how the injury might affect her preparations for the 2017 World Championships in London in August.

Harrison created a sensation when she broke the 28-year-old 100m hurdles world record with a time of 12.20sec in Paris last July 22.

The feat helped make up somewhat for her failure to make the US Olympic team for Rio. She had finished sixth at the US trials, falling victim to her country’s incredible strength in depth in the event, which was underscored when US women swept the podium in Rio.

On Friday in Doha, she won the 100m hurdles in 12.59sec, with Germany’s Cindy Roleder second in 12.90.