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McLeod back to his best

Published:Wednesday | July 5, 2017 | 7:00 AMRaymond Graham
McLeod

Olympic 110-metres hurdles champion Omar McLeod is back to his best after a rare defeat at the Paris Diamond League last Saturday.

McLeod won his pet event in a meet record 12.96 seconds yesterday at the Gyulai Istvan Memorial Athletics Grand Prix meet in Hungary. After finishing at the back of the field (seventh) in Paris McLeod pointed to a calf injury, but yesterday he closed his second sub-13 seconds this season and in the process erased the meet record of 13.15 set in 2012 by American Jason Richardon. Sergey Shubenkov, the 2015 World champion, was second in a season's best of 13.01 while American Aries Merritt was third, also in a season's best 13.11. Jamaica's Andrew Riley was sixth in 13.39.

Two other Jamaicans, Remona Burchell and Chrisann Gordon, had top three finishes at the meet. Burchell (11.15) was second in the women''s 100m won by Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria in 11.11.

Gordon was third in the 400m in 51.05 as Olympian champion Shaunae Miller Uibo of the Bahamas clocked a meet record 49.86 to win ahead of American Courtney Okolo, 50.41. The 50.34 meet record wasset by Jamaica's Shericka Williams in 2012.

The Bahamas completed a 400m double as Steven Gardiner won the men's event in 44.61.

American Justin Gatlin won a close 100m race in 9.98 just edging out South Africa's Akani Simbine (9.99) with another American, Isaiah Young, third in 10.10.

In other results, Jamaica's Leah Nugent was fourth in the 400m hurdles in 55.56 while Demar Forbes (7.65m) was seventh in the long jump and Fitzroy Dunkley (46.43) was also seventh in the 400m. Verone Chambers was eighth in the Women's 400 metres in 54.06 seconds.