Kendra “Keni“ Harrison (born September 18, 1992) is an American hurdler. She represented the United States at the 2015 World Championships in Athletics and the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships. Harrison set the world record in the women’s 100 metres hurdles with a time of 12.20 seconds on July 22, 2016 at the London Müller Anniversary Games. She broke the world record of 12.21 set 28 years earlier by Bulgarian athlete Yordanka Donkova in 1988.
In college, she competed for the University of Kentucky Wildcats and in 2015 she won NCAA championship titles both indoors and outdoors. She was runner-up in the 100 m hurdles at the 2015 USA Outdoor Championships; at the 2016 Olympic Trials she placed sixth and missed qualifying for the Olympics.
Kendra Harrison was born in Tennessee on September 18, 1992, and adopted by Gary and Karon Harrison; she grew up in a large family with ten other children, eight of them also adopted. Harrison’s first sport was soccer; she took up track and field at Clayton High School. She soon became a leading scholastic hurdler, winning state championship titles at the 2010 and 2011 North Carolina Class 4A state meets; in 2011 she also won the 100 m hurdles at the New Balance Nationals and was named Gatorade North Carolina Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year.
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