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Advice of a champion

Parchment delivers secret ingredients for Broadbell gold Smikle adds bronze to Jamaica’s medal count

Published:Friday | August 5, 2022 | 12:15 AMKeith McGhie/Contributor
Jamaica’s Rasheed Broadbell celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men’s 110-metre hurdles final during the athletics competition in the Alexander Stadium at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England yesterday.
Jamaica’s Rasheed Broadbell celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men’s 110-metre hurdles final during the athletics competition in the Alexander Stadium at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England yesterday.
Traves Smikle of Jamaica makes an attempt in the men’s discus throw final during the athletics competition in the Alexander Stadium at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England yesterday.
Traves Smikle of Jamaica makes an attempt in the men’s discus throw final during the athletics competition in the Alexander Stadium at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England yesterday.
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RASHEED BROADBELL ran the race of his life to provide a golden lining to the cloud left by the withdrawal of Olympic champion Hansle Parchment from the 110m hurdles final.

Broadbell ran a sensational 13.08 seconds to equal the 28-year-old Commonwealth Games record clocked by former world champion Colin Jackson in Auckland.

The Jamaican, 22 in just over a week, earned an early birthday present with a powerful display of hurdling that eased him clear of the field over the final four hurdles to shave two hundredths of a second off of his lifetime’s best.

Broadbell, who has shaken off hamstring problems and changed his coach this year, finished ahead of Barbados’ Shaun Braithwaite, with England’s Andy Pozzi third.

“I’ve been training really hard for this and my coach said I’ve just got to do what we have been practising – getting in a rhythm to go with my leg speed, and I’m really pleased with both the gold and the time,” said Broadbell.

“I was on the phone to Hansle before I came here and he said, ‘Stay focussed and you have it’, ... and that’s what happened.

“He called me and said, ‘I’m not going to be out there as a precautionary measure’ – he didn’t feel right and he’s a world champion and knows what’s best for him.”

It is the second time in a couple of weeks that Parchment has made a major championship final and pulled out, only, this time, after withdrawal during the warm-up in Eugene, he didn’t even make it to the stadium.

Orlando Bennett, running in the lane inside Broadbell, couldn’t join his compatriot on the rostrum and faded to fifth in 13.43.

There was no joy for long jumper Shaun-D Thompson either, the 25-year-old Jamaican agonisingly denied a medal by a mere one centimetre. Just three centimetres separated the top four in a nail-biting final.

Thompson put in a season’s best 8.05 metres in round three but it proved not enough, barely the width of a slice of bread separating him from The Bahamas’ Laquan Nairn, who took gold on countback after both he and India’s Sreeshankar M Sreeshanker tied on 8.08.

Jovan van Vuuren edged the bronze medal from Thompson with a leap of 8.06m.

Contrastingly, Traves Smikle was on the right side of an ultra-tight competition, sneaking third for another Jamaican bronze medal with a throw of 64.58m in the discus – just two centimetres further than Samoan Alex Rose.