Indications are Omar McLeod has changed coaches again

By August 14, 2019

Sportsmax.TV sources have indicated that 2017 World 110m hurdles champion Omar McLeod has joined the Tumbleweed camp of elite coach Rana Reider in Jacksonville, Florida.

Reider currently coaches a number of Jamaican athletes including Christopher Taylor, Senoj-Jay Givans, Tyquendo Tracy and Britany Anderson, the 2018 World U20 sprint hurdles silver medallist.

McLeod trained with Eldrick Floreal up until late 2018 after which he ended up with Coach Gary Evans at Empire Athletics in Florida. Evans conditioned McLeod but Tony Ross at World Fastest Humans was his hurdles coach.

Under Ross, McLeod has struggled. He has won only two hurdles races and has a season-best time of 13.12s set at the Diamond League meeting in Shanghai, China.

Since then he ran 13.28s for a second-place finish at the 2019 World Challenge meeting in Nanjing, China, 13.48 for a fifth-place finish in Rabat, 13.29 for third at the Prefontaine Classic in California and 13.32s for third at the Müller Anniversary Games in London.

His form has been so poor that Track&Field News, the self-proclaimed 'bible' of the sport, in their predictions for the upcoming IAAF World Championships, sees McLeod finishing outside the medals.

His last race was on July 21 and since then there is no record of the 2016 Olympic champion competing as he prepares to defend his sprint hurdles title.

However, in a recent picture posted on social media by British sprinter Adam Gemili suggested that McCleod was now training with Reider, who also coaches triple jump world champion Christian Taylor and Andre DeGrasse.

Sources indicate that McLeod joined the camp just over a week ago, less than eight weeks before he begins the defence of his title in Doha, Qatar.

Calls to Tony Ross’ number went unanswered.

Leighton Levy

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