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Parchment upbeat ahead of 110m hurdles

Published:Friday | August 21, 2015 | 12:45 AMAndre Lowe
Hansle Parchment engages the press at a pre-World Championships press conference in Beijing yesterday.

BEIJING, China:

Its been almost two months since Olympic bronze medallist Hansle Parchment’s last race but the national 110m hurdles record holder remains positive about his chances heading into the IAAF World Championships in Beijing.
 
Parchment’s last race was a 13.08 second place effort at the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA)/Supreme Ventures Limited National Senior Championships in late June but despite admitting that he is not at 100 percent, Parchment told The Gleaner that he is still backing himself to do well here.
 
“I am not 100 percent as I would like to be but I’m not worried by that, I just want to go out there and compete and give my best. I’m just focused on staying confident though and trying to go out there and have some fun,” said Parchment during a sit down interview yesterday.
 
“I’m not sure what kind of shape I’m in to be honest because I have not done much testing but I believe that once I put my mind to it, I believe I have the qualities to race well. Once I focus and put my mind on the goals I need to achieve then I will achieve them,” Parchment continued.
 
Nobody will argue against that.
 
The towering Jamaican ran a blistering 12.94 in Paris last year to set a new national mark but has been beset by injury setbacks since then. The athlete is not shying from his role in his slowdown, but with the 110m hurdles pack so tightly bunched together and with his 13.08 mark leaving him as the sixth fastest in the world, Parchment certainly seems to like his chances and with good reason.  
 
“Where injuries are concerned, I have probably made some bad decisions and I need to work on this going forward but I want to get more focused and be a bit more in tuned with what I’m doing to ensure that injuries are not my problem for me going forward,” he said.
 
“I’ve always had the confidence, I try to keep that and remember the instructions of the coach. I don’t worry about anything or anyone else when I am on the track, the focus is how best am I going to execute today and how far I can win by,” said Parchment.
 
“The objective is to aim high, to aim for the top, thinking about the best execution possible and I think that if I can execute like my coach has asked me to then I believe I can come out the winner in this championships,” he added.

- Andre Lowe