World record could be next for Olympic champ McLeod

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August 20, 2016
@Normal:Jamaica's Omar McLeod (centre) raises his arms in triumph after winning the men's 110 metres hurdles final as he races alongside France duo Pascal Martinot-Lagarde and Dimitri Bascou, during competition at the Rio Olympics, inside the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Tuesday night.

With the Olympic gold medal safely tucked away Omar McLeod will soon get the 110 metre hurdle world record.

That's the opinion of Raymond Graham, who coached McLeod in his final year in high school. The veteran sprints and hurdler instructor and part-time STAR reporter said the Olympic champion was tentative in Rio de Janeiro, host city of the Games, and now he expects a more relaxed approach to threaten the world record of 12.80 seconds.

"The next thing I think is the world record," Graham said.

"He got a bit tentative because he wanted to win, World Indoor champion, Olympic champion," he added..

McLeod, the first Jamaican to win an Olympic gold medal in the 110 metre hurdles, has a personal best of 12.97 seconds.

"Now the weight has come of his shoulders, getting a title. I think he's more loose now," he explained.

"He has nothing to worry about because the Olympics, this is the highest you can reach in your career so he has the license to go out there and do what he can do best," Graham said.

"So I see next thing the world record coming," Graham said with confidence.

"If it doesn't come this season because you know he has about three-four more races, it will come soon."

Interestingly, McLeod will be back in action on August 25 in Lausanne, Switzerland where 2004 Olympic champion Liu Xiang of China set a world record of 12.88 in 2006.

McLeod's best time this year is 12.98 seconds.

His opponents in Lausanne should include Spain's Orlando Ortega, and Dmitri Bascou of France who took the silver and bronze medals in Rio.

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