Aries Merritt, who lives in Bryan and trains under Texas A&M coach Vince Anderson, shattered the existing world record in the men’s 110-meter hurdles by .07 seconds at the Brussels Diamond League meet today, which also secured the season Diamond Race for the reigning gold medalist.
Merritt dominated a loaded field in a time of 12.80 to better Cuba’s Dayron Robles previous world record of 12.87 ran in 2008. It was the biggest drop in the world record since Renaldo Nehemiah dropped .28 seconds off the mark from 13.21 to 12.93 in 1981.
Check out the BBC’s broadcast of the race. It is pretty remarkable.
The performance comes in the midst of a brilliant season for Merritt that has included the Olympic gold medal and a World Indoor 60m title. Merritt owns the top seven times in the world this year and has run under 13 seconds a total of eight times. The time also bettered David Oliver’s American record of 12.89 set in 2010.
Americans also picked up a top two finish from reigning Olympic silver medalist Jason Richardson (Cedar Hill HS grad), who placed second in the men’s 110m hurdles in 13.05.