McLeod eyes world record

June 30, 2017
Omar McLeod

Olympic 110-metre hurdles champion Omar McLeod has set his sights on breaking the world record in the event before the IAAF World Championships in August.

McLeod fell short of his 12.85 target at the recent senior JAAA National Championships, clocking instead a world-leading 12.90.

His next challenge will be Aries Merritt's 12.80 world record. He said that though the race at trials was technically a much-improved one, there are still aspects of his execution that need fine-tuning.

McLeod runs in Paris tomorrow at the Diamond League there and said anything can happen.

"I am going after it. I didn't get it today (Saturday), but I am going for it next time," he said after his impressive run.

McLeod credits his improvements to his new trainer, Edrick Floreal, who he said made him fall in love with the event all over again.

"I just changed coach, and sometimes change is good. It is a humbling experience as I felt like I just started hurdling again. I knew I had speed, but I could not control the speed, so there were a lot of things I needed to work on technically," he said.

McLeod will have to fine-tune a few points, including occasionally hitting hurdles.

"My start is back. I have been trying to put the two phases of my race together, the start and the finish. All season, I had the finish, but I didn't have the start as yet, but I have been doing some speed work and finally learned how to control my speed and to just attack the hurdle and not worry about it," he said.

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