Former Florida Gators standout Grant Holloway wins silver medal at Tokyo Olympics in 110 hurdles

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Grant Holloway, of the United States, celebrates after winning the silver medal in the men's 110-meter hurdles final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

TOKYO — Jamaica's Hansle Parchment upset former Florida Gators standout Grant Holloway, the favorite, to win the gold medal in the 110 hurdles Thursday at Olympic Stadium.

Holloway, the world champion, was in front through nine out of the 10 hurdles, but suddenly faded on the last. Parchment flew past him to add an Olympic gold to the bronze medal he won at the 2012 London Games. Parchment won in his season’s best time of 13.04 seconds.

Grant Holloway reaches for the finish line in the 110-meter hurdles Thursday.

Holloway, who had dominated the event since he turned professional in 2019 out of UF, took silver in 13.09 and another Jamaican, Ronald Levy, had the bronze in 13.10 seconds. Grant's American teammate Devon Allen was fourth in 13.14.

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"First loss of the season always sucks, but to have it at the Olympic games, it sucks a little bit more," Hollowaye said. "The nerves got the best of me, I got a little bit excited toward the end of the race, my form kind of broke down but with that being said I was able to get the silver.

"I'm happy with the silver but not satisfied."

Holloway, who had breezed through the first round of the 110-meter hurdles Tuesday morning with a first-place finish in 13.02 [-0.1] seconds, repeated in the evening during the semifinals. The reigning world outdoors champion clocked a time of 13:13 [-0.1] seconds to secure his spot in the finals.

The 23-year-old Holloway, of Chesapeake, Va., turned in the second-fastest time in the history of the event in the Olympic trials in June, running 12.81 seconds — just 0.01 seconds behind the time Aries Merritt set in 2012.

"It comes with the territory of hurdling. I've just got to get better," Holloway said. "It's nobody's fault. I was prepared, I was ready, I had everything in my corner to win. I just kind of just let my form get away from me, and that's the result.

"If I was to say I'm not upset, then I'm lying. But I have to be satisfied with the silver. I've got to go back home, got to work toward getting the gold again."

The USA Today contributed to this report.