Indoor Track & Field

Jackson’s World Record Set To Reach Milestone Mark

On the day of this year’s European indoor 60m hurdles final in Prague, March 6th, Colin Jackson‘s world record for the event will turn 21 years old. Will it be challenged? Absolutely not. 7.30 seconds is the mark which has stood relatively unchallenged since the day it was set, while 5 men have bettered his outdoor mark of 12.91 for the 110m equivalent. The current European lead stands at 7.51 seconds.

Former 110m record holder Dayron Robles has come closest with 7.33(2008) and 7.34(2010), but in the last 5 seasons we’ve only seen 7.40 breached twice. Fellow Cuban, Orlando Ortega, became the first man in 2015 sub-7.50 at the Pedro’s cup in Poland yesterday (17th) when he stormed to a 7.45 victory, ahead of both Robles and the outdoor record holder Aries Merritt.

Perhaps it’s raw flat speed/acceleration that the current crop of world class hurdlers are lacking. While the likes of Merritt, Robles, and David Oliver have moved beyond Jackson at the 110m distance, none of them possess the kind of flat 60m speed of the Welsh-man. Jackson of course did the double at the ’94 Euro indoors taking both the 60m hurdles and flat titles, something unheard of by today’s standards. His flat time of 6.49 would place him second on the 2015 world list. He turns 48 years of age today (18th) and i suspect will be celebrating another year as world record holder come the end of the indoor season. Will that record make it to it’s next milestone birthday in 9 years time? I would suspect so, but hopefully not.

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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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