Jamaica's McLeod wins 110M hurdles

Cheryl Sanders
August 10, 2017

The Jamaican is just too fast. That McLeod was the first from the island to do the honors at this year's world championships still feels like something of a shock. Omar McLeod dominated the field to win the 110m hurdles in 13.06 seconds, while Venezuela got their first ever world gold medal.

"I took it upon myself to reroute that and bring that spark back", said McLeod, who adds this gold medal to his Olympic title from previous year.

The man who holds the 12.80sec mark he is after, Aries Merritt of the U.S., could only manage a fifth-place finish in the final, so the future of the event now looks to lie at McLeod's quicksilver feet. It marked the first disappointment of the meet for the USA on a straightaway where Justin Gatlin and Tori Bowie won the 100 and Christian Coleman finished second to Gatlin and one spot ahead of Bolt. I'm just happy to be competing at a world champs and get a world medal.

"He's still legendar! Usain, brother, this is for you!" Kipyegon completed the course in 4:02.59 min, followed by U.S. champion Jenny Simpson at 4:02.76, and South Africa's Caster Semenya, who posted a time of 4:02.90. Hungary's Balazs Baji took a surprise bronze in 13.28. A year ago was a disaster and not just because of the Russian ban (on competing at the Olympics) so I'm happy to be back winning a world medal. He is one of 19 Russians cleared to compete in London this year - his anti-doping regimen judged to be robust enough to return to competition. Ibarguen, frustrated in her bid to become the first to win three consecutive world titles, will leave London with the silver medal.

Running out of lane four, McLeod was away quickly to take the lead but was chased down in lane two by Shubenkov. The 22-year-old clocked 53.07 seconds, well below her season's best of 51.28, finishing 7th in Heat Two and 22nd overall out of total 24 competitors. Semenya, who will now turn her attention to winning a third world 800m title, added: "It was like music to me coming back to this stadium with all the memories and I'm perfectly satisfied with the bronze". Since I broke the world record it's really transformed.

After a slow start she took the lead on her fourth throw with a 77.39m effort, and clinched gold with 77.90.

Yet while he saluted his hero Bolt, who could only claim bronze in his final individual 100m, McLeod also looked and sounded every inch the sort of talismanic figure that could swiftly ensure Jamaica has a new male superstar to savor.

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