McLeod mines gold with record run
As evidence of his superiority Omar McLeod hit down almost every hurdle but still clocked a world leading and national record 7.41 seconds to claim Jamaica's lone gold medal in the 60m hurdles on the final day of the IAAF World Indoor Championships at the Oregon Convention Centre, here yesterday.
McLeod flew out of the blocks and then eased away from his rivals to finish three metres ahead of the French pair, Pascal Martinot-Lagarde second in a season's best 7.46 and Dimitri Bascou, 7.48.
"Never in a million years would I think I'd be world champion at the age of 21 but thanks to God he made this possible," an elated McLeod said afterwards.
"Coach (Douglas Case) said if you want to win that race you have got to get out, tunnel vision and just own the race," he added.
McLeod's medal took the Jamaican medal tally to three, adding to Asafa Powell's silver in the men's 60m on Friday and the bronze won by Elaine Thompson in the women's 60m on Saturday.
Jamaica finished fourth in the medals table behind the hosts United States with 23 (13 gold, six silver, four bronze ); Ethiopia with five medals - two gold, two silver, and one bronze, and France with one gold, one silver, and two bronze.
The women's 4x400m literally crashed out as Patricia Hall went tumbling to the track on the second lap of the opening leg of the event. The remaining members of the quartet, Chrisann Gordon, Stephenie Ann McPherson, and Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby were forced to watch in disbelief as their last hope dissipated.
The United States went on to win the event in a world leading 3:26.38 ahead of Poland in a season's best 3:31.15 and a fast finishing Romania also in a season's best 3:31.51.
The men's 4x400m team of Ricardo Chambers, Dane Hyatt, Demish Gaye, and Fitzroy Dunkley finished fourth in the final event of the evening.
Dunkley ran a brave anchor but could not pull back the fast flying Americans who won in a world leading 3:02.45, and the Bahamas with the evergreen Chris Brown on anchor in a national indoor record 3:04.75.