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Oliver focused on Grand Prix success

Published:Saturday | June 11, 2016 | 12:00 AM

American sprint hurdling star David Oliver says he is fully focused ahead of today's event at the inaugural Jamaica National Racers Grand Prix at the National Stadium.

"The hurdles event is a very tough event worldwide, and for me, I look at the 10 barriers every time as they never change and I only need to focus on those, and there are many good hurdlers around the world and it is really hard to focus on any one," said Oliver when asked about his competition for today's event.

Oliver, the former world champion, has so far registerd a season best of 13.12 seconds done in winning at the Rabat Diamond League meet, which has him at joint third in the world with Orlando Ortega of Spain.

The field is also expected to feature Jason Richardson, the silver-medal winner from the London Olympic Games and Commonwealth champion Andrew Riley.

McLeod dominating

With Jamaica's Omar McLeod dominating the event so far this year, Oliver was asked what he needs to do if he hopes to better McLeod in Rio this year.

"Omar is amazing this year as he has carried over the success we saw indoors and he has used this success as motivation to propel him to a great outdoor season so far, but for me, I just need to get in better shape, get more races under my belt," said Oliver, who did not race indoors this season.

"This season, I had a different approach as I am taking things a bit more cautious as I did not compete indoors, so my outdoors started a bit slowly, and after today's event my next race will be the US Trials, where my focus is to finish in the top three, and I know that after this, it will be more competitive because everybody will be at their best, but Omar will be getting better, and hopefully, by Rio, I will get in top gear so I can challenge him," added Oliver.