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#ReturnToLondon: Omar McLeod strikes gold in 110m hurdles

Published:Monday | August 7, 2017 | 8:16 PM
Omar McLeod raises his hands in celebration of his 110m hurdles gold

Jamaican has won its first gold medal of the IAAF World Athletic Championships after Omar McLeod smashed the men’s 110-metres hurdle final.

McLeod, who ran a Jamaican record of 12.90 seconds in July, crossed the finish line in 13.05 seconds.

Hansle Parchment, the other Jamaican in the race, finished in eighth place.

"It was very poorly executed," Parchment said of his technique during the race.

Jamaica now has one gold medal and a bronze medal at the championships.

ATHLETES' PROFILES

Name: Omar McLeod
Date of Birth: April 25, 1994
Events: 100m, 110m hurdles
Season’s Best: 100m-10.16; personal best: 100m-9.99 and 110m hurdles -12.97
Schools: Kingston College and Manchester High
Accolades: 2016 Olympic Games 110m hurdles champion and three-time NCAA 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: Olympic Games Bronze medallist and World University Games champion