McLeod sets new 110m hurdle record

- Agence France-Presse, KINGSTON (Jamaica)

Jun 26, 2017-

Olympic gold medalist Omar McLeod set a Jamaican national record of in the 110-metre hurdles on Saturday with a blistering time of 12.90 seconds during the 2017 Jamaican Track and Field Championships.

McLeod says he is dedicating the next few weeks to setting is sights on Aries Merritt’s world record of 12.80 seconds which he hopes to break before the London World Championships in August. “I did not get it, so I am going after it next time,” said McLeod, who has races in Paris and Budapest meets before traveling to London.

McLeod’s time on Saturday eclipsed the previous Jamaican record of 12.94 seconds set by Hansle Parchment in 2014 in Paris. McLeod has been having a fantastic last two seasons where he won the World Indoors 60m and Olympic games gold medals five months apart. He also shaved .07 seconds off his previous personal best time.

“It was a great race,” said McLeod, who credits his new coach Edrick Floreal with rekindling his enthusiasm for the sport. “The coach wanted a 12.8 and I know he will be a little upset. But I can tell him I set a national record of 12.90 and am now the fifth fastest man in history.”

Indeed, McLeod now has the top four times in the world so far this year and lowered his previous career best of 13.01 seconds. He is tied for fifth best all time with American Dominique Arnold and trails only Merritt, Cuba’s Dayron Robles, China’s Liu Xiang and American David Oliver.

Published: 26-06-2017 08:48

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