Aries Merritt Shatters 110-Meter Hurdles Record
American Aries Merritt shattered the 110-meter hurdles world record last Friday, September 7, at the Diamond League Memorial Van Damme event in Belgium, crossing the finish line with a time of 12.80—0.07 seconds faster than had ever been run before and a full 0.12 seconds faster than his personal best.
Already an Olympic gold medal winner in the same event, Merritt was competing in his last race of this season. The hurdler had hopes of breaking the record, but, with a goal time of 12.85, was as stunned as the crowd when his time appeared, according to the Associated Press.
"It was, 'What? What? What is this I am seeing?" he said. "I just started screaming because I was in complete shock because I could not believe I could run that fast."
The old world record was set by Cuban Dayron Robles four years ago. Merritt’s time is the biggest improvement to the 110-meter hurdles time in 31 years.
He's pretty excited.