Good 100m test for McLeod
Olympic sprint hurdles champion Omar McLeod tested his speed without the barriers at yesterday's Zurich Diamond League, posting 10.12 for a fifth placed finish in the 100m, in a result that left the hurdler beaming.
"It felt good, it felt different but it felt good. I just wanted to come out and have fun and 10.12 is good for me," said McLeod.
The event was won by fellow Jamaican Asafa Powell in 9.94 ahead of Akani Simbine (South Africa) and Ben Youssef Meite (Cote d'Ivoire), who both posted 9.99 seconds.
McLeod is the fastest sprint hurdler over the 100m with a personal best time of 9.99 season.
When he ran that time in April of this year, McLeod, in his first competitive 100m race, admitted that his technique was absent but was more pleased this time around about the technical execution of the event.
"This time I tried my hardest to stay in my drive phase. I got up with Asafa (Powell), he got up beside me. I didn't do that tunnel vision thing like in the hurdles because I didn't know what to do for the most part but I tried to do what my coach told me to do, which was to drive out and hold it for 30m and not just pop up; I did that and it gave me a 10.12 so I am happy," McLeod said.
"I have gone 9.99 and 10.1 was what me and my coach were looking for so I am in the right place and I am happy how I am finishing but trust me, it's a different ball game with these guys (in the 100m)," he laughed.
"But I definitely want to experiment with the 100m more and get stronger. That was my second 100m ever so trust me I am happy with how it went," McLeod added before sharing a pre-race exchange between himself and Powell.
"Yesterday at practice I was throwing a bottle and one almost hit him (Powell) so he asked me if I was trying to injure him so I could come and beat him today (yesterday). It's been good and it's great that I can feed off his energy. He helped me with that race, to not be too nervous and to go out there and execute and I am glad that he was in the lane beside mine," said McLeod.