The Puerto Rican runner, Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, on Sunday set an Olympic record in the women’s 100-meter hurdles in the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Camacho-Quinn finished first in the semifinal of her event with a time of 12.26, surpassing the previous mark of Australian Sally Pearson (12.35) in 2012.
NEW OLYMPIC RECORD – 12.26!
– #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) August 1, 2021
The world record is held by the American Kendra Harrison with 12.20 in 2016.
“I’m very excited. I just wanted to reach the semifinals this time, especially with what happened in 2016,” said Camacho-Quinn in the mixed zone, in statements provided by the Puerto Rico Olympic Committee (Copur).
Camacho-Quinn, of a Puerto Rican mother, chose to represent Puerto Rico in 2016 despite the interest of the US federation. Back then, he failed to advance to the final of the Rio Olympics after facing problems with some hurdles in the semis.
“I think (this time) I made a great start. I think I’ve been with everyone else coming out, something I’ve worked on all year, so I’m looking forward to doing the same in the final.” Camacho-Quinn won 12 of 13 events in the 2021 season before arriving in Tokyo.
The final of the women’s 100-meter hurdles event will be at 10:50 pm ET Sunday.
Camacho-Quinn seeks the second medal in athletics for a Puerto Rican delegation, after Javier Culson He will achieve it in 2012 in the men’s 400-meter hurdles.