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Parchment eyes gold in hurdles at Rio 2016

Published:Saturday | September 15, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Olympic 110m hurdles bronze medallist Hansle Parchment (right) and young Racers sprinter Jason Young. - Rudolph Brown/Photographer

Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer

Olympic 110m hurdles bronze medallist Hansle Parchment says his aim, come 2016, is to win gold when the Games are held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The 22-year-old, who clocked a national record 13.12 seconds to finish behind Americans Aries Merritt, 12.92, and Jason Richardson, 13.04, made the revelation yesterday at a recognition ceremony put on by the University of the West Indies (UWI).

"Come 2016 in Brazil, I hope to win the gold medal, and with my coach Fitz Coleman we will be working very hard to achieve that," said Parchment.

"We know it won't be easy as my other competitors will be looking to improve as well, but with the right preparation and hard work we know it's possible."

The ceremony, which saw Parchment receiving a plaque from the university's principal, Professor Gordon Shirley, also saw the reigning World University Games champion paying tribute to all those who has assisted him.

He thanked his mother, Frances Parchment, and other members of his family who were on hand, and his coach who, he said, was like a father figure to him. He also thanked his manager Juliet Campbell who, according to him, was like another mother, and the university administration.

"I want to thank all those who made it possible for me to reach this far in my career," said the final-year psychology major.

"It has been good journey from Morant Bay High days until now, and the hope is that going forward it will get even better," he added.

Meanwhile, Professor Shirley, in his tribute, said Parchment's success, like those of Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Warren Weir, were a testimony to the work and investment that the institution has made in his sports programme.

"We are on a mission, and that mission is to provide our talented young sportsmen and women with an avenue to excel, and make the country proud," said Shirley.

"Hansle is one such individual, and we want to commend him on his accomplishments thus far."

Also attending the ceremony were the UWI 200 metres hopeful Jason Young, who ran a personal best 19.86 seconds at an IAAF meet in July - the third-fastest over the distance this year; UWI director of sports, Dalton Myers, and deputy principal, Archibald McDonald.