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Buzz in Paris as McLeod eyes world record

Published:Friday | June 30, 2017 | 12:00 AMRaymond Graham

PARIS, France:

There is a real buzz at the Mercure Paris Centre Tour Eiffel Hotel here in Paris ahead of tomorrow's Diamond League.

When the seventh meet of the Diamond League series gets under way tomorrow, a lot of fireworks is expected inside the Stade Charlety Stadium as fans could witness something special in the 110 metres hurdles event.

Following his blistering personal best and world leading 12.90 seconds to win the event at the Jamaica Senior Championships several days ago, Jamaica's Omar McLeod looked like a man on a mission when he arrived at the hotel yesterday afternoon.

McLeod, who has eyes on the 12.80 world record of American Aries Merritt, set in Brussels in 2012, has the ideal setting to do so as the field includes seven men who are ranked in the top 10 so far this season. Because of the big field, there will be two rounds, with heats to be followed by the final later.

Hometown boy Garfield Darien, who clocked a season's best 13.09 in Ostrava on Wednesday, heads three athletes from the host country.




Jamaicans Ronald Levy, the find of the event this season, and Hansle Parchment will be hoping to upstage McLeod. Levy, who was second to McLeod at the trials and who has a season's best of 13.10, will be hoping for another great start and hope that the momentum takes him all the way.

Parchment's best run in his career so far came in Paris in 2015 when he won the Diamond League in a personal best and then national record 12.94, and despite competing at a different venue, he will be hoping for another great run here .

The likes of Devon Allen of the United States and Antonio Alkana of South Africa, another new find this season, with a 13.11 clocking this year, along with Britain's Andrew Pozzi (13.19) and defending World champion Sergey Shubenkov, who has been improving with every run, should definitely ensure something special tomorrow.