Indoor Track & Field

Kallur’s Historic Hurdling

On this day in 2008 Sweden’s Susanna Kallur hurdled her way into the history books with the run of her career in Karlsruhe, Germany. The race in question was the women’s 60m hurdles, and the time 7.68 seconds – the still-standing world record. Kallur’s career has been dogged by recurring injuries since those glory days but she made her competitive return this winter season, her first time racing indoors since 2008, with an 8.14 performance in Karlsruhe once again on January 31st.

She had been due to participate in the Ifam indoor meet in Gent this past weekend but unfortunately had to withdraw as a precaution. She will be 34 years old in a week’s time but Kallur has remained a fan favourite, the athletics community at large were thrilled to see one of the all-time greats of the sport make her competitive return, and hopefully we’ll see plenty more of her at the European Indoors and beyond.

Check out the World Record video immediately below, and her 2015 comeback race below that.


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Gerard O'Donnell

Gerard O'Donnell

Gerard O'Donnell is an athlete, physical therapist, and MSc student. He is current national 110m hurdles champion and ranks 3rd & 5th on the Irish all-time list for the sprint hurdles events. He is occasionally referred to as GOD, not due to his initials, but because of his heavenly beard, which he has sported since the age of 5.

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