McLeod upsets Parchment in 110m hurdles in Jamaica trials

Sat Jun 27, 2015 11:06pm EDT
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By Kayon Raynor

KINGSTON (Reuters) - Omar McLeod upset London Olympic bronze medalist and national record holder Hansle Parchment in the 110 meters hurdles at the Jamaican world championships trials on Saturday, clocking a world leading time of 12.97 seconds.

The American collegiate champion led from the first flight and sped away from a fast-finishing Parchment, who clocked a season best 13.08. Commonwealth Games champion Andrew Riley was third in 13.35.

McLeod become only the second Jamaican to run under 13 seconds for the event.

"At the NCAA it was not the perfect time but I knew with the perfect wind I could run that 12 (seconds) ... so it's just a scintillating feeling," McLeod told Reuters.

"This is just an extra boost somewhat, I'm really happy, I'm elated and ready for Beijing," he added in reference to the Aug. 22-30 world championships in the Chinese capital.

McLeod also said he would compete in Diamond League meetings in Europe ahead of Beijing after foregoing the remainder of his collegiate eligibility and turning professional.

Defending world silver medalist Warren Weir remained on course for a spot to Beijing in the 200m after placing third in his semi-final in 20.26, behind Julian Forte who registered a personal best of 20.04.

Nickel Ashmeade, who placed third in Friday's 100m final easily won the other semi-final in 20.23.   Continued...

Omar McLeod (C) celebrates winning the 110m hurdles against  Dwight Thompson (L) and Hansle Parchment (R) in the National Trials at National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica, June 27, 2015. REUTERS/Gilbert Bellamy