Omar McLeod runs through tragedy to win record fourth Shanghai Diamond League

By Courtesy of the IAAF May 18, 2019
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Olympic champion, Jamaica’s Omar McLeod collected a record fourth 110m hurdles victory in what is considered the meeting's signature event. 

Out strong, the 25-year-old Jamaican cruised to a 13.12 performance, holding off China's Xie Wenjun, the Asian champion, who lowered his lifetime best to 13.17, moving to second on the Asian all-time list.

It was an emotional victory for McLeod, who learned of his aunt’s death last night. The victory, he said, was a humble tribute.

“It was really tough to just get out of bed and show up, but I wanted to show up, and whatever the outcome, to be sure I was there and do the best that I could.”

“With only 3 hours of sleep in the past 24hrs, not worrying about what the outcome might've been , i just wanted to show up in your honor, This race was for you , Aunty. RIP,” McLeod wrote later on.

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