Former UF track star Grant Holloway ran the fastest time of the season in the 110-meter hurdles en route to winning his third straight title at the 2023 World Athletics Championships on Monday.
Holloway, who had the top qualifying time in the preliminary round, earned the top spot in the semifinal round on Monday finishing with a 13.02-second time.
An hour later in the final round, Holloway won the gold medal with the fastest time of the season at 12.96 seconds, beating Jamaica’s Hansle Parchment (13.07 for silver) and U.S. teammate Daniel Roberts (13.09 for bronze).
Holloway, who won a UF record eight collegiate championships for the men’s track and field team from 2017-19, is just the second male athlete to win three straight 110 hurdles titles since the World Championships started in 1983. The other was Greg Foster, who won in 1983, 1987 and 1991.
The Chesapeake, Virginia native won his first World Championships title in 2019 in Doha, Qatar, and his second in 2022 in Eugene, Oregon.
In the 110 hurdles, Holloway has the second-fastest all-time mark at 12.81, which he ran in June 2021, in Eugene, Oregon. It was just a fraction behind the world record time of 12.80.
As a junior at UF, Holloway broke the NCAA record with a 12.98-second time en route to winning his third straight collegiate championship. The 2023 World Athletics Championships will run through Sunday and is being held in Budapest, Hungary.