Mouth-watering McLeod continues winning streak
"I want everything!" Those were the words of Omar McLeod shortly after he got the better of a loaded field inside the Qatar Sports Club's track in the Doha during yesterday's opening meet of the Diamond League series.
McLeod won in a world leading and season's best (SB) time of 13.05 seconds. This was the 22-year-old's first Diamond League outing and having created history since the start of the year, becoming the first athlete to run under 10 seconds in the 100m and 13 seconds in the 110m hurdles to go along with his World Indoors 60m success, he intends to stay dominant to the Olympics.
"You always want to go out with a bang, especially in hurdling. You always want to stay on top of your game especially with these world class athletes. Let them know you are around and here to stay," McLeod said.
In a race which was not technically well executed by any of the athletes, as most hit hurdles with McLeod himself having to survive a stumble to the end, another Jamaican, Hansle Parchment, also in his Diamond League debut, placed second.
The World and Olympics medallist, who clocked a SB 13.10, viewed it as another rang on the journey to the two big races.
"I think the technique was a little off today, but this is just another build-up race to the main event; first the trials and then the Olympics," Parchment said.
Spain's Orlando Ortega (13.12) was third while 2013 world champion David Oliver (13.16) was fourth and Olympic champion and world record-holder Aries Merritt, who is recovering from a major surgery he did last year, was sixth in 13.37.
Veronica Campbell-Brown improved her season best to 10.91 in the women's 100m.
There was a mild upset in the race with American champion and world bronze medallist Tori Bowie winning ahead of pre-race favourite Dafne Schippers in a new meeting record and world leading 10.80.
Schippers, the 2015 World 100m silver medallist, was third in 10.83.
The other Jamaican in the race, Simone Facey, was sixth in 11.05.
The country's most successful Diamond League athlete, 400m hurdler Kaliese Spencer, failed in her bid to notch a 22nd victory in the series, as she appeared race rusty and had to settle for third in a season's best 55.02.
Jamaica's only field athlete on show, Shanieka Thomas, competing at her first Diamond League meet fell well short of her personal best mark in the triple jump of 14.57m which she had established earlier this year.
The 24-year-old, who cited her coaches absence as the possible reason for her below par showing, placed sixth after managing only a distance of 14.10m.
The event was won by Columbia's Caterine Ibarguen with a meet record and world leading 15.04m to stretch her unbeaten run to 32 competitions.