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Tiffany Porter sets new British hurdles record

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Tiffany Porter has set a new British 100 metre hurdles record with a time of 12.51 seconds at the IAAF Continental Cup in Marrakech, Morocco.

The 26-year-old's time beats the previous record of 12.54s held by Jessica Ennis-Hill since the heptathlon at London 2012.

Breaking the record

Porter, the recently crowned European champion in the event, was representing Europe at the competition, helping the continent to win the four-team Cup.

Despite the new record, Porter didn't actually win the race. Instead, Diamond Race winner Dawn Harper-Nelson clocked an African all-comers' record of 12.47s to take the maximum points for the Americas team.

Despite that, the time for Porter caps a very good year for the American born athlete. As well as the European gold from Zurich, Porter also claimed Commonwealth silver in Glasgow, as well as performing well on the Diamond League circuit.

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The development

Porter's previous personal best was 12.55, set at last year's World Championships in Moscow - a time good enough to claim the bronze medal.

If she can continue to develop in the way she has over the past 12 months, then Porter could seriously challenge the likes of Harper-Nelson, Sally Pearson and Brianna Rollins at next year's world championships in Beijing.

Britain has never had a gold medal winning hurdler in the women's world championships, or at the Olympics. At 26, Porter could break that duck, and a new national record is certainly a stepping stone for that.

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