Kentucky Wildcats keep burning up the track in Tokyo. This morning, Kentucky Track and Field alumna Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Team Puerto Rico set an Olympic record in the 100m hurdles semifinals, finishing in 12.26 seconds.
NEW OLYMPIC RECORD – 12.26!
— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) August 1, 2021
Camacho-Quinn ran the fastest time in both prelims (12.41) and semifinals (12.26). The previous Olympic record was 12.28. She will run in an individual Olympic final for the first time tonight after not making finals in Rio in 2016.
Fellow former Cat Keni Harrison (Team USA) will also run in the finals, along with Devynne Charlton of Team Bahamas, a volunteer assistant coach at UK. Harrison, the current world record holder (12.20 seconds), finished third-fastest with a time of 12.51. Charlton, a Purdue graduate, is seeded at seventh (12.66). The women’s 100m hurdles finals start at 10:50 p.m. ET tonight.
In other “Kentucky Track Stars in the Olympics” news, recent graduate Dwight St. Hillaire of Trinidad and Tobago qualified for the semifinals of the 400m dash with a time of 45.41. He’ll compete in the semis tomorrow morning at 7:05 a.m. ET.