KINGSTON, Jamaica — Andrew Riley has never run a faster race in the 110-meter hurdles than he did Saturday night.
It wasn't quite fast enough to give the former Illini a victory in the finals at the Jamaican National Championships. It was plenty fast, however, to send Riley to his first Olympics.
Riley, who entered the meet with a career-best time of 13.28 seconds, blazed to a 13.19. That didn't keep Hansle Parchment from edging the reigning NCAA champion by 0.01 second.
By placing in the top three, Riley clinched a spot on the Jamaican Olympic team, a first for the 11-time All-American. He'll be joined at the London Games in his signature event by Parchment and Richard Phillips, who placed third in the finals in 13.43.
Earlier Saturday, Riley posted the fastest time in the preliminaries, 13.36, to comfortably advance to the finals.