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Parchment awaiting tests results after ankle injury

Published:Saturday | June 22, 2013 | 10:56 PM

Andre Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter,

Olympic 110m hurdles bronze medal winner and national record holder Hansle Parchment was forced to skip the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA)/Supreme Ventures Limited National Senior Championships at the National Stadium on Saturday night, after injuring his ankle during warm up.

The athlete was taken to the University Hospital of the West Indies, where several tests were conducted to determine the extent of the damage. The results are yet to be known.

Parchment, was going through his paces at the Stadium East warm up track earlier, when he reportedly twisted his ankle after crashing into a hurdle and falling badly and had to withdraw from the 110m hurdles final, which was eventually won by Andrew Riley in 13.35. Dwight Thomas was second in a B qualifying time of 13.45 with Eric Keddo third in 13.72.

Riley in his post race interview blamed the organisers for Parchment's injury, pointing to a poorly lit warm-up track and the absence of basic equipments such as starting blocks.

Parchment, who recently lowered his own national record to 13.05, is one of two Jamaicans with an A standard qualifying time for the IAAF World Championships; the other being Riley, and is also ranked in the top three in the world, which means that he will still be considered for selection to the August 10 - 18 championships set for Moscow.

Another factor, which will be taken into consideration is the fact that he turned up to compete at the trials and was unable to because of injury.

The JAAA selection criteria instructs:

3 (a): "Subject to the proviso below, athletes placing in the 1st to 3rd positions in all events will be selected if they have attained the qualifying ’A’ standard for the event PROVIDED HOWEVER that in any event where any athlete has been granted an exemption from competing in that event at the National Championships under criteria (7) below the athlete so exempted may be considered for selection as an entrant for the event in the competition.

(b) "Where an athlete has been granted an exemption and the Selection Committee has determined that such an athlete should be selected among the entrants for the event that athlete shall be selected above the athlete placing third at the National Championships or in place of an athlete finishing in either of the first two places of the event where that athlete has been determined by a medical panel appointed by the JAAA to be ill or injured and not being in a satisfactory physical condition to warrant being entered to compete.

7. "Athletes who are ranked/listed in the top three in the world for their event who are ill or injured at the time of the National Championships and are granted an exemption from competing at the Championships may still be considered for selection provided that they are able to prove their world ranking form prior to the final submission of the entries for the competition."