Parchment set for big 2016
When June began last year, Hansle Parchment's fastest time for the 110 metre hurdles was a modest clocking of 13.40 seconds.
In 2016, with the Olympics on the horizon, Parchment's pre-June best is 13.10. The big difference and a habit of peaking well for championships has two-time Olympic finalist Maurice Wignall seeing great things ahead for Parchment.
He noted that the 25 year-old St Thomas native normally peaks well and asserted, "Parchment started off slow last year and he came around". In noting the tall hurdler's fast pre-June times of 13.10 and 13.12 seconds this season, Wignall surmised, "Parchment started off better this year and he is likely to come around better this year."
The 13.10 clocking came on May 6 in a race won by Parchment's compatriot Omar McLeod in Doha.
Wignall's analysis is based on the Fitz Coleman trained Port Morant native's reputation of being ready in big meets. He set a personal best 13.24 seconds to win the 2011 World University Games gold, a Jamaican record of 13.12 for Olympic bronze in 2012 and a seasonal best of 13.03, the fourth fastest time by a Jamaican, to take second at the 2015 World Championships.
Wignall also identified Parchment's finish as a winning asset.
"If Parchment is up to hurdle 8 with anybody", he chortled, "that's trouble for that person."