This is Witness the Wonder, the Preview to the 2023 World Champs in Budapest for Day 2, May 7, 2023.

For the next 25 days, RunBlogRun will be posting a story a day on the buildup to the World Athletics Outdoor Championships, to be held in Budapest, Hungary, from August 19-August 27, 2023.

Today, I am focusing on Grant Holloway, the WR holder at the 60m indoor hurdles, gold medalist in 2019, 2022 WC outdoors, and 2022 WC indoors, as well as silver from the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

Grant Holloway won the 110m hurdles on Saturday, May 6, 2023, at the adidas Atlanta City Games in a world-leading time of 13.01. Holloway is not only a tremendously talented hurdler, but he is no slouch at the 4×100 meters and 4×400 meters as well.

I will let you in on a little secret. The 2021 Tokyo Olympics was a surprise to many, and I believe it was an important challenge to Grant Holloway. Grant took the silver to Hansle Parchment, who took the gold.

For the next year, Grant dealt with questions about how he dealt with losing the Olympic gold. i believe that it put him back on notice that he needed to take the sport at one event at a time.

Last June, when Devon Allen won the NYC Grand Prix with a huge PB, Grant congratulated Devon. As we walked back to the bus, Grant Holloway told me that Devon had run a fantastic race and that Grant would be ready for the nationals.

Grant Holloway and Trey Cunningham give the US gold and silver in 110m hurdles,
World Athletics Championships, Eugene, Oregon, USA, July15-26, 2022
Men 110-meter hurdles final, Holloway, USA, Cunningham, USA are both adidas sponsored, photo by Kevin Morris

Grant ran two rounds of the nationals, at which the final was won by Devon Allen. At the World Champs in Eugene, the final was macabre. First, Hansle Parchment injured himself prior to the final, so the Olympic champion was out of the final. Then, Devon Allen was disqualified (you can learn about it here). In the final, Grant Holloway and Trey Cunningham went gold and silver.

Grant Holloway and Trey Cunningham kept their cool in the final after two of the medal faves were disqualified. Of that final, Grant told the media this:

“At the start, it was just me, my lane, and my space, and I was ready for whatever happens. I am really excited about my second world title outdoors. We will balance this in a couple of weeks.
We have to continue the hard work, and we will see what happens next. It feels good to win in front of the home crowd.
This is my first world title in America, so it is even more special for me this time. About Paris 2024, when it comes to that, I have to come up with a new plan. The World record? We will see.”

Grant Holloway is a man on a mission. He is totally focused on being the finest hurdler in the sport’s history. He is focused on Budapest 2023 and will take this event one round at a time.

World Athletics Championships
Eugene, Oregon, USA
July15-26, 2022

Grant Holloway competed at the NB Indoor Champs this past indoor season and then for a couple of events in Europe during the indoor season.

When I spoke to Grant at the NB Indoor Grand Prix on 3 February, Grant noted that the indoor season was about getting some races in and getting his timing better.

At the NB Indoor GP, Grant took wins 60 and 61 as he has continued to impress. One fun fact, Grant Holloway has not lost a race since high school at the 60-meter indoor distance. Grant trains with a team coached by his University Coach, Mike Holloway (no relation). Grant Holloway is confident that he can do whatever he puts his mind to.

Grant Holloway, Daniel Robert, 60m hurdles, New Balance Indoor Grand Prix Track & Field
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
February 4, 2023
World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold meeting, photo by Kevin Morris

At Atlanta on Saturday, May 6, Grant Holloway won the adidas Atlanta City Games 110m hurdles with nearly flawless hurdling and a well-run sprint finish. His 13.01 is now the world leader. Grant is building up his race fitness as he builds to the US Championships in July 2023 and the World Champs 2023 in Budapest, Hungary.

Grant Holloway goes into hyperspace, New Balance Indoor Grand Prix Track & Field
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
February 4, 2023
World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold meeting, photo by Kevin Morris

Grant Holloway has plans post-Budapest, but for now, he is focused, one race at a time, as he builds to Budapest.

Watch for Grant Holloway in the 110-meter hurdles in Budapest. Get your tickets for each and every round. Grant Holloway will be there, and he will be focused on his third title.

Grant Holloway, 60m hurdle winner, 7.38 WL, New Balance Indoor Grand Prix Track & Field
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
February 3, 2023
World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold meeting, photo by Kevin Morris

He also would like the outdoor world record, and he is very close to the WR (12.81) at this time.

Watch for Grant Holloway in Budapest; he will be focused on defending his two titles (2019, 2022) and making history! Be there, and be part of athletics history!

To read all of our earlier stories in Witness the Wonder, numbers 1-19:

1. Witness the Wonder, World Outdoor Athletics Championships Budapest 2023, Day 1; Welcome to the World Champs! https://runblogrun.com/2023/04/witness-the-wonder-world-outdoor-athletics-championships-budapest-2023-day-1-welcome-to-the-world-champs.html

2. Witness the Wonder, World Outdoor Athletics Championships Budapest 2023, Day 2, Meeting the Stars of Hungarian Athletics! https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/04/witness-the-wonder-world-outdoor-athletics-championships-budapest-2023-day-2-meeting-the-stars-of-hungarian-athletics.html

3. Witness the Wonder, World Outdoor Athletics Championships Budapest 2023, Day 3, Why you should go to Budapest! https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/04/witness-the-wonder-world-outdoor-athletics-championships-budapest-2023-day-3.html

4. Witness the Wonder, World Outdoor Athletics Championships Budapest 2023, Day 4, Mondo Duplantis & Nafi Thiam are Europe’s finest; how will they do in Budapest? https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/04/witness-the-wonder-world-outdoor-athletics-championships-budapest-2023-day-3-mondo-duplantis-nafi-thiam-are-europes-finest-how-will-they-do-in-budapest.html

5. Witness the Wonder, World Championships Budapest 2023, Day 5, Just What Will Faith Kipyegon Do in Budapest? https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/04/witness-the-wonder-world-championships-budapest-2023-day-5-just-what-will-faith-kipyegon-do-in-budapest.html

6. Witness the Wonder, World Athletics Championships Budapest 2023, Day 6, Mutaz Essa Barshim. Will he take a 4th straight title in Budapest? https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/04/witness-the-wonder-world-athletics-championships-budapest-2023-mutaz-essa-barshim-will-he-take-a-4th-straight-title-in-budapest.html

7. Witness the Wonder, World Athletics Outdoor Champs Budapest 2023, Day 7; Noah Lyles wants to burn up the track in Budapest in August! https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/04/witness-the-wonder-world-athletics-outdoor-champs-budapest-2023-noah-lyles-wants-to-burn-up-the-track-in-budapest-in-august.html

8. Witness the Wonder, World Athletics Championships Budapest 2023, Day 8, all About the National Athletics Center https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/04/witness-the-wonder-world-athletics-championships-budapest-2023-day-8-all-about-the-national-athletics-center.html

9. Witness the Wonder, World Athletics Championships Budapest 2023, Day 9: Meet Anita Marton, Hungarian star shot putter with deadly last-round throws! What will she do in Budapest? https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/04/witness-the-wonder-world-athletics-championships-budapest-2023-day-9-meet-anita-marton-hungarian-star-shot-putter-who-has-deadly-last-round-throws-what-will-she-do-in-budapest.html

10. Witness the Wonder, 2023 World Athletics Outdoor Championships, Day 10: Karsten Warhold is back; what will he do in Budapest over the 400-meter hurdles? https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/04/witness-the-wonder-2023-world-athletics-outdoor-championships-day-10-karsten-warhold-is-back-what-will-he-do-in-budapest-over-the-400-meter-hurdles.html 

11. Witness the Wonder World Athletics Championships Budapest 2023, Day 11; Wayde Van Niekerk is coming to Budapest! https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/04/witness-the-wonder-world-athletics-championships-budapest-2023-day-11-wayde-van-niekerk-wr-holder-olympic-champions-two-time-world-champion-at-400-meters-has-returned-and-he-wants-to-run-a-sizz.html 

12. Witness the Wonder, World Athletics Championships Budapest 2023, Day 12, Neeraj Chopra, India’s Javelin star, will he move up to gold in Budapest? https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/04/witness-the-wonder-world-athletics-championships-budapest-2023-neeraj-chopra-indias-javelin-star-will-he-move-up-to-gold-in-budapest.html,

13. Witness the Wonder, World Athletics Championships Budapest 2023, Day 13: Ryan Crouser overcomes a rainy day at the Drake Relays! https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/04/witness-the-wonder-world-athletics-championships-budapest-2023-day-13-ryan-crouser-overcomes-a-rainy-day-at-the-drake-relays.html 

14. Witness the Wonder, World Athletics Outdoor Championships, Budapest, Day 14: Five Reasons to Go to the World Championships in Budapest! https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/05/witness-the-wonder-world-athletics-outdoor-championships-budapest-day-14-five-reasons-to-go-to-the-world-championships-in-budapest.html

15. Witness the Wonder, World Athletics Championships Budapest 2023, Day 15, Old and New Stars in Hammer could shine the first weekend of World Champs for Hungary! https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/05/witness-the-wonder-world-athletics-championships-budapest-2023-old-and-new-stars-in-hammer-could-shine-first-weekend-of-world-champs-for-hungary.html

16. Witness the Wonder, World Athletics Championships, Budapest 2023, Day 16: Five Ways to Better Enjoy the Budapest World Champs! https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/05/witness-the-wonder-world-athletics-championships-budapest-2023-day-15-five-ways-to-better-enjoy-the-budapest-world-champs.html

17. Witness the Wonder, World Athletics Championships Budapest 2023, Day 17; Ferdinand Omanyala wants to be on the 100m medal podium this summerhttps://www.runblogrun.com/2023/05/witness-the-wonder-world-athletics-championships-budapest-2023-day-17-ferdinand-omanyala-wants-to-be-on-the-100m-medal-podium-this-summer.html

18. Witness the Wonder, World Athletics Championships Budapest 2023, Day 18: What will Sifan Hassan do in Budapest? https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/05/witness-the-wonder-world-athletics-championships-budapest-2023-day-18-what-will-sifan-hassan-do-in-budapest.html

20. Witness the Wonder, World Athletics Championships Budapest 2023, Day 19; Tomas Walsh is from New Zealand, and you better watch him in the Men’s Shot Put final in Budapest! https://www.runblogrun.com/2023/05/witness-the-wonder-world-athletics-championships-budapest-2023-day-19-tomas-walsh-is-from-new-zealand-and-you-better-watch-him-in-the-mens-shot-put-final-in-budapest.html 

The World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, will be held August 19-27, 2023, and tickets are available now! Click here to learn more about ticket sales: https://tickets.wabudapest23.com/

RunBlogRun suggests a wonderful book on Hungary, The Hungarians, A Thousand Years of Victory in Defeat, by Paul Lendvai, Translated by Ann Major, Princeton University Press, www.pupress.princeton.edu.

Need tips for Visiting Budapest and the rest of Hungary? Please go here! Visit Hungary-Wellspring of Wonders! https://visithungary.com/

 

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