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Parchment is Jamaica’s best hope for male medal in Eugene

Published:Tuesday | July 5, 2022 | 12:09 AMRaymond Graham/Gleaner Writer
Hansle Parchment
Hansle Parchment

Track and field fans all over the world are eagerly awaiting the start of next week’s World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon, as the 10-day spectacle is expected to produce several exhilarating clashes.

After excellent results at the recent National Championships, local fans will be hoping that the athletes take their good form to Eugene and improve on the 12 medals garnered in Doha in 2019.

The female sprinters, led by Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Elaine Thompson Herah and Shericka Jackson, look well set to win a number of medals,; but it could be a different story among the men, as the going will be rough for individual glory. Despite the resurgence of the country’s male sprinters, led by Yohan Blake, Oblique Seville and Ackeem Blake, getting a medal in either the 100m or 200m will be extremely tough, especially with the American men dominating both events. They will also be competing on home turf and will be highly motivated to bag most of the medals in the sprints.

Undoubtedly, Jamaica’s best hope for individual glory among the males will come in the 110 metres hurdles, where Tokyo Olympic champion and Beijing 2015 World Championships silver medallist Hansle Parchment will lead the charge. Parchment, the national champion, will be full of confidence going into Eugene after some good performances on the international scene, including a win over world leader Devon Allen of the United States. Allen clocked a personal-best 12.84 seconds on June 12 at the New York Grand Prix and is the only athlete to have gone sub-13 seconds in the event going into the championships.

Parchment has a season’s best of 13.09, set in May, and this puts him at number five on the World Athletics top list. He is a genuine performer, however, and can repeat his Tokyo performance in Eugene.

The United States has a very strong quartet here. In addition to Allen, they will look to Trey Cunningham, Daniel Roberts and defending champion Grant Halloway, who will be bent on avenging his Tokyo Olympic Games defeat by Parchment. Usually a slow starter, Parchment has shown tremendous improvement in this area this season, and with his excellent top-end speed, he could spoil the American party and make it back-to-back global titles. He will definitely be among the medals.