MASSIVE OLYMPICS BLOW FOR JAMAICA ... Medal hopeful Parchment heads home
... Medal hopeful
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil:
Jamaica's quest to for a huge medal haul at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, suffered a major blow last night when 2012 bronze medalist in the 110 m hurdles, Hansle Parchment, was forced to book an early flight home.
Parchment's departure from the camp came as the Associated Press predicted he would pick up the silver medal behind countryman Omar McLoud.
The national record holder, Parchment, has been struggling with injury since the Prefontaine Classic in May and had received a medical exemption from the National Senior Championships a month ago because of injury.
THE STAR understands that Parchment had complained about pain in his legs, and somewhere along the line, it was conceived to be a withdrawal. The hurdler took a day off from training and told his coach that he was feeling much better.
However, the JAAA had already contacted third-place finisher at the National Senior Championships, Andrew Riley, confirmed to him that he would compete and booked his flight to Brazil.
Team leader Ludlow Watts confirmed to THE STAR that Riley, who was not in Rio de Janeiro, is on his way to the Brazilian city and will compete in the event alongside McLeod and Deuce Carter.
Since competing in Eugene on May 28, Parchment has only competed at the Ninove Memorial in Belgium, on July 24, winning in a time of 13.53.
The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) had noted that athletes who had received exemptions from the trials would need to prove their fitness before August 8 at 11 a.m.
It is not clear what were the reasons behind him leaving the camp.
Parchment's manager Juliet Campbell confirmed that the athlete was leaving, but neither she nor his coach Fitz Coleman spoke further on the matter.