Olympic gold medalist Omar McLeod tells fellow athletes at Tumbleweed he is leaving - sources

By February 10, 2022

Olympic and world 110m hurdles champion Omar McLeod has told his clubmates at Tumbleweed Track Club in Jacksonville, Florida that he is leaving, multiple sources have confirmed for Sportsmax.TV. However, he has given no reason why or indication of where he is headed.

His agent Mario Bassani was unable to confirm or deny that the athlete he represents was leaving the club that he joined in 2019.

Once the most feared sprint hurdler in the world after winning the Olympic title in 2016, the World Championships title in 2017 to go along with a World Indoor title, McLeod has hit upon some challenging times in the past few years and has changed coaches several times since he signed a professional contract with Nike in 2015.

After leaving Coach Rick Case at Arkansas in 2017 for Eldrick Floreal, who at the time was at Kentucky, McLeod has since2018 been coached by Tony Ross before moving to Rana Reider at Tumbleweed.

Also during that period, he was disqualified in the 110m hurdles finals at the 2019 World Championships in Doha and then last year lost out on the chance to defend his Olympic title in Tokyo when he finished last in the final of the Jamaican National Championships last summer.

He drew the ire of the Jamaican public when he accused the JAAA of not treating him fairly while indicating that he should be considered for selection to the Jamaican team for the Tokyo Games. As it turned out, two of the top three finishers at the Jamaican championships, Hansle Parchment and Ronald Levy – won gold and bronze, respectively, in Tokyo.

 

 

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