Pleasantville’s Nia Ali ran her fastest hurdles time in more than two years Tuesday night, placing second in the 100-meter highs in a meet in Hungary.
Ali ran 12.63 in the meet at Székesfehérvár, placing a close second to world record holder Kendra Harrison, who won the race in 12.60.
It was Ali’s fastest race since she ran 12.61 at the Lausanne Athletissima in Sweden on July 6, 2017.
Ali was the silver medalist in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. She ran her PR of 12.48 at the USATF National Championships in Des Moines in 2013.
Ali’s previous best this year was a 12.75 in Hengelo, Netherlands, last month. She didn’t race outdoors last year.
Her 12.63 is No. 6 in the world this year, according to the IAAF performance lists and No. 5 among U.S. women.
Ali ranks No. 35 in world history and No. 15 in U.S. history with her 12.48.
Székesfehérvár, also known as Fehérvár, is the regional capital of Central Transdanubia in Central Hungary. It’s about 50 miles southwest of Budapest and about 4,400 miles from Pleasantville.