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Wignall expects two medals in men’s hurdles

Published:Tuesday | August 3, 2021 | 12:09 AMLennox Aldred/Gleaner Writer
Maurica Wignall
Maurica Wignall

Olympian Maurice Wignall is confident that Jamaica’s male hurdlers can cop two medals after the dust is settled in the 110m hurdle event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

The 2006 Commonwealth Games gold medallist believes the Jamaican trio of national champion Ronald Levy, Damion Thomas and Hansle Parchment all have the potential of finishing on the podium if everything goes according to plan.

Levy ran in heat one of round one this morning, followed by Thomas in heat two and Parchment in heat three.

Wignall, who finished fourth at the 2004 Athens Olympics in the 110m hurdles final, says the Jamaican trio is showing form at the right time and it will come down to who executes on the day.

IN GOOD SHAPE

“Our Jamaicans right now have a very good chance. They are all in good shape, especially national champion Ronald Levy. I expect him to go lower than his season’s best that he ran at the National Trials, and by all indications from the camp, I expect him to medal,” said Wignall.

The 2004 World Indoor bronze medallist also expects tough competition from perennial contenders Martinot Pascal-Lagarde of France, Spaniard Orlando Ortega, and the American number one-ranked Grant Halloway.

“I still think our chances are very good since our guys are running themselves into shape. They know what it takes, because they have been at this level and they will do well,” added Wignall.

The former long jumper, while not predicting which colour medals the country will get, says the hurdlers can take inspiration from compatriot Megan Tapper, who surprised the field and secured the bronze medal in the women’s 100m hurdles event.

“Hurdles is a very technical event. If you get everything right, any card can play. We saw in the women’s event where we were favouring Brittany Anderson, but small Megan Tapper just proved everybody wrong and went on the outside and ran a technically good race and came third. The same could happen for the men’s race.”

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