DOHA 2019: McLeod Secures Spot to Defend 110m Hurdles Title


Olympic Champion Omar Mcleod won Heat 2 of the men’s 110-Metre Hurdles Semi-Finals to secure his spot in the Finals at the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha Qatar on Wednesday, October 2.

The 25-year-old Sprint Hurdler, strutting an impressive form over the first few hurdles, flew down the track from the start to finish clocking (13.08 seconds) – the fastest qualifying time heading into the final later ahead of French rival Pascal Marinot-lagarde (13.12 seconds).

McLeod will be defending the title he won in London two years ago.

Given the dynamic talents of competitors Daniel Roberts and Grant Holloway of the United States and Spain’s Orlando Ortegawho won the IAAF Diamond League final recently, McLeod has a huge hurdle to confront in the finals after having to cut his season short because of injury.

The other Jamaican contenders Ronald Levy, Orland Bennett and Andrew Riley all failed to qualify for the final.

Bennett finished fifth in (13.60 seconds) while Levy finished a sixth in (13.60 seconds) in semi-final one.

Riley finished fifth in his heat clocking (13.57 seconds).

The final scheduled to be run at 3:00 p.m. Jamaica time.


Vaughn Thorpe

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