Reigning World Indoor 60m Hurdles champion Grant Holloway (USA) has been confirmed to race in the short sprint hurdles at the Birmingham World Tour Final on Saturday 25 February 2023.
The 2022 indoor season was a huge success for Holloway as he broke Colin Jackson’s long-standing world record when he clocked 7.29s in Madrid. It sliced 0.01s off the Briton’s time from 1994 to re-write the record books. Following his record-breaking exploits, the American went on to win his maiden world indoor title in Belgrade.
The time set in Spain came just a few days after the American had won at the World Indoor Tour meeting at the Utilita Arena in Birmingham, so Holloway has form when it comes to success in the West Midlands. He will be looking to produce another special display in the second city in 2023.
Further to his indoor successes, the 25-year-old has an impressive CV with two World Championship 110m Hurdles gold medals to his name from Doha and Oregon, and he is also an Olympic silver medallist from the Tokyo Games.
Holloway will also face 2018 World Indoor champion Andrew Pozzi in Birmingham. The Stratford-upon-Avon athlete finished second to the American at last year’s event and he has a very strong history on this track as he sealed the world title at this Arena five years ago.
Holloway said, “My 2022 season was one to remember and the 60m hurdles world record was a very special achievement for me. Beating Colin’s (Jackson) record was a big moment for the event, and it also set me up well for my other successes in 2022.
“I really enjoyed competing in Birmingham last year, and it was amazing to win in front of such a loud and respectful crowd. I am really looking forward to competing in that atmosphere in February at the Birmingham World Indoor Tour Final. The hurdles is always a must-watch race, so this one will not disappoint, so we look forward to putting on a show in Birmingham.”