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#ReturnToLondon: McLeod, Parchment move to 110m hurdles semis, injured Levy crashes out

Published:Sunday | August 6, 2017 | 8:32 AM
McLeod was very slow out of the blocks but accelerated in last 30 metres to win the race by more than five metres.

Olympic champion and gold medal favourite Omar McLeod and Hansle Parchment are through to this afternoon’s semi finals of the men’s 110m hurdles at the IAAF World Championships in London.  

McLeod, a former Manchester High and Kingston College athlete, won heat one in 13.23 seconds.

He was very slow out of the blocks but accelerated in last 30 metres to win the race by more than five metres.

McLeod, who is the current national champion, is the fastest man in the world this year, with a time of 12.90.

Parchment, the 2015 World Championships bronze medallist, finished second in heat five in 13.42 seconds.

The event was won by Orlando Ortega of Spain in 13.37.


However, there was a major disappointment for Jamaica after Ronald Levy, third fastest man in the world this year, hit the first hurdle in heat three and as a result failed to finish.

The semi finals of the men's 110m hurdles will be contested at 2:10p.m.  

- Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer

 ATHLETES' PROFILES


Name: Omar McLeod 
Date of Birth: April 25, 1994 
Event: 110m hurdles 
Season’s Best: 12.90 and personal best 12.90 
Schools: Kingston College and Manchester High 
Accolades: 2016 Olympic Games 110m hurdles champion


Name: Hansle Parchment 
Date of Birth: June 17, 1990 
Event: 110m hurdles 
Season’s best: 13.19; personal best: 12.94 
Schools: Morant Bay High and Kingston College 
Coach: Fitz Coleman 
Accolade: 2012 Olympic Games Bronze medallist.


Name: Ronald Levy 
Date of Birth: December 30, 1992 
Event: 110m Hurdles 
Season’s best: 13.10; personal best: 13.10 
Schools: Rusea’s High and St Elizabeth Technical High 
Coach: Stephen Francis 
Track Club: MVP