Renaldo Nehemiah

Renaldo Nehemiah

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Renaldo ("Skeets") Nehemiah (born March 24, 1959 in Newark, New Jersey) is an American athlete who dominated the 110 m hurdle event from 1978 until 1981. He was the world record holder and the first man to run the high hurdles in under 13 seconds. He was ranked number one in the world for four straight years.

Track and field career

Nehemiah was the national junior champion in 1977, the same year he graduated from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School in his hometown of Scotch Plains, New Jersey., The New York Times, November 10, 1982. Accessed January 3, 2008., Black Athlete Sports Network, Feb 8 2009, Accessed May 23, 2010 After graduating from Scotch Plains-Fanwood, Nehemiah attended the University of Maryland, where he won three NCAA titles (two indoor).

Nehemiah's sophomore year at UMD proved to be his breakout year. He broke the world record in the 110 meter hurdles twice in two weeks, running 13.16 and then 13.00. At the 1979 Penn Relays, Nehemiah anchored UMD's shuttle hurdle relay, 4x400 meter relay, and 4x200 meter relay, and was named meet MVP., Black Athlete......
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