McLeod expects even faster 2016

July 04, 2016
Omar McLeod (centre) wins the men's 110 metre hurdles at the National Senior Championships on Saturday evening. At left is Deuce Carter and right Tyler Mason.

On Saturday's third day of competition of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association-Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL) National Senior Championships, local fans got a chance to see World Indoor 60 metres hurdles champion Omar McLeod competing on home soil for the first time since winning that title in March in Portland, Oregon.

McLeod, a former Manchester and Kingston College High

athlete, has been on a roll, as he has been undefeated in the 110m hurdles, racking up wins at various Diamond League meets.

His 12.98-second run done in Shanghai was the fastest in the world, and he is the only man to have gone sub-13 seconds this season.

At the National Championships, fans had expected a mouth-watering clash between himself and Hansle Parchment, but Parchment was missing from the meet because of injury.


Despite Parchment not being in the line up, McLeod put on a fantastic show for the fans, including members of his family and supporters from Manchester in the eastern section of the bleachers who were dressed in white T-shirts bearing the photograph of their new idol.

"It was a good race for me, as I have backed off on my starts in practice for a few weeks, concentrating on my finishing, and it is coming along well and I am really impressed on how I am finishing. I felt very strong coming off the sixth hurdle, so we just need to get back to the drawing board and start working back on my starts," said McLeod.

He added that once he gets everything together, he will produce some crazy times.

"I expect to make a big drop with my times," he said.

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