McLeod hits top form in Europe
Olympic 110 metres hurdles champion, Omar McLeod, hit top form at the FBK Games in Hengelo, Netherlands, yesterday.
McLeod who is also the 2017 World champion in the event produced a season's best 13.08 seconds to win his pet event. He is now the second fastest on the World Athletics Top list and fastest Jamaican so far in the event after overtaking Rasheed Broadbell's 13.10. American Grant Halloway is the world leader with 13.07.
Both Halloway and McLeod were expected to clash in the event for the first time in Jacksonville a week earlier but McLeod, after winning his heat, failed to show for the final. Yesterday McLeod showed excellent form as he won unchallenged, ahead of American Devon Allen who was second in 13.32.
The meet was highlighted by a world record run in the women's 10,000 metres by Dutch long distance runner Sifan Hassan . She won the event in 29 minutes 6.82 seconds to break the old mark by more than 10 seconds as Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana held the previous record of 29:17.45 set at the 2016 Rio Olympics
After running a season's best 12.87 seconds in the women's 100m hurdles a few days earlier in Austria, Jamaica's Megan Tapper failed to match that result in the event yesterday as she could only manage a fifth place finish in 13.05. World leader Jasmine Camacho Quinn of Puerto Rico who was disqualified for false starting in Jacksonville last week made up for that disappointment after winning in an impressive 12.44.
Great Britain's Dina Asher-Smith and Fred Kerley of the United States also had good wins at the meet. Asher-Smith, the World 200 metres champion, captured the women's 100 metres in 10.92 seconds, ahead of Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare, 11.02. Asher-Smith's countrywoman Daryll Neita was third in 11.04.
Kerley was too good for the field in the men's 400 metres, winning easily in 44.74 seconds as home boy Jochem Dobber was way back in second place in 45.51.