Jeffrey Julmis of Haiti must have thought he was in the plain old vanilla 100m race instead of the 110m hurdles this afternoon. While approaching the first hurdle in the race, Julmis offered a meager hop, and ended up tangled up in it on the deck.
The 100 meter hurdles world record of 12.21 seconds stood for 28 years until being smashed yesterday in London by American runner Kendra Harrison—who didn’t learn until about a minute after the race that she’d broken one of track & field’s most impenetrable barriers.
This piece originally appeared in the June, 1988 issue of Esquire, and is featured in the essential new anthology, Great Men Die Twice: The Selected Works of Mark Kram.
Lolo Jones, the world's second-most-famous track athlete, has called it a season despite three remaining meets left in the IAAF Diamond League, she announced today via Facebook.
Is Robert Griffin III really a "world-class hurdler," as ESPN called him? In this week's Hang Up and Listen, Mike Pesca takes a look at RG3's times from high school and college and finds that, well, maybe it's not an exaggeration.
Vania Stambolova worked for four years to reach this moment: representing her home Bulgaria in the Summer Games. Alas, she couldn't escape her name, as her performance in the 400m hurdles came to an end with a DNF in her heat after she stumbled over a hurdle. It's the second time she's been stopped short of the…
Heptathlete Jessica Ennis is one of the U.K.'s best hopes for a gold, and perhaps even more important, could be a crossover celebrity. So the Great City Games in Manchester was a chance for England to show off one of its most telegenic Olympians on a made-for-tv course: a hurdles track running right through the…
Before you click play, know that she goes down on the final hurdle. The anticipation will be dreadful.
So you've tripped on the first couple of hurdles, aren't going to win, and are dead tired. What else to do but bust straight through the remaining ones, whether they're in your lane or not?