Record-breaker Holloway: ‘The sky is the limit’
Photo - Grant Holloway after breaking the world indoor 60m hurdles record in Madrid (© Getty Images)
“Hurdlers are sprinters with attitudes,” says Grant Holloway. “Our event is sexier than just a regular fast sprint because we have barriers in our way.”
The world champion has certainly brought excitement to the sprint hurdles. Capped by his world indoor record of 7.29 (pending ratification) at the World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold meeting in Madrid on Wednesday, Holloway has pieced together one of the greatest indoor campaigns ever for the 60m hurdles.
Including heats, he has won all 10 of his races in 2021, extending an indoor sprint hurdles winning streak that now spans six years. He has bettered 7.40 in seven races this year – a record for one season – while his lifetime tally of sub-7.40 performance now stands at nine, equalling Colin Jackson’s record figure. Holloway also now owns five of the nine fastest 60m hurdles performances in history.
Holloway’s ‘slowest’ winning time in a final this year, 7.41, is a time that no one else in the world has bettered. Indeed, just one other athlete has broken 7.50 in 2021. His average winning margin, meanwhile, is 0.23 – almost a quarter of a second.
“I’m not really surprised (with my form),” said Holloway. “I’ve been working for it; it was just a matter of executing and doing what I do best. It’s all about momentum. I’m staying consistent in the 7.3s and that’s the goal for this season. I had two races in the 7.4s, but the majority of my races were in the 7.3s.
“No race is perfect; there’s always something you can do better. But if you stay consistent, you’ll have a breakthrough sooner or later."
Jackson, the former world record-holder, had been keeping a close eye on Holloway's races this year and he was pleased to see the long-standard mark of 7.30 finally go.
"As a fan of athletics, it was great to see Grant break the indoor record," said Jackson. "He’s been so close on a few occasions, so it was only going to be a matter of time. I’m always excited to see history being made. Congratulation Grant, keep improving and go sub 7.25!"