Jamaica Olympic and world 110m hurdles champion Omar McLeod expressed delight with his conditioning as the clock counts down to the IAAF World Championships, in Doha later this month.

The sprint hurdler clocked a comfortable looking 13.07, well clear of France’s Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, who was second in 13.25, to claim top spot at the ISTAF Berlin World Challenge Meeting in Germany on Sunday.  Barbados’ Shane Brathwaite was third in 13.36.

McLeod will have plenty of reason to feel encouraged following a tough start to the season, which was perhaps fueled by somewhat of a ride on a coaching carousel of sorts early on.  The 25-year-old had trained with Eldrick Floreal up until late 2018 but then moved to Gary Evans at Empire Athletics in Florida.  Tony Ross at World Fastest Humans was his hurdles coach. 

Following early struggles, however, the athlete joined Tumbleweed camp of elite coach Rana Reider in Jacksonville.  His performances seem to have since improved as he claimed the top spot in Birmingham two weeks ago, before winning again in Germany.

“Everything was coming together perfectly. I ran so smooth, tight over the hurdles. This was like a final rehearsal for Doha,” McLeod said.

“I did it! Like my coach told me, I just got out and took control. Everything was good – the start, the finish and every hurdle. You could say it was a perfect race,” he added.

Fellow Jamaicans Orlando Bennett, 13.54 and Ronald Levy, 14.24 were 8th and 9th respectively.

 

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.

Elaine Thompson won the 200m dash at the two-day 2019 Nanjing World Challenge meeting in China on Tuesday in a season’s best 22.40.

After word surfaced earlier this year that Omar McLeod, the 2016 Olympic 110m hurdles champion had parted company with Coach Eldrick Floreal, Sportsmax.tv can now confirm that the Jamaican hurdles star is currently based in Florida training under the guidance of Coach Gary Evans.

Jamaica's Damion Thomas won his country's first gold medal at the IAAF World U20 Championships on Thursday when he won the 110m hurdles title. He also became the first Jamaican to win a World U20 title in the event.

Jamaica’s Damion Thomas and Orlando Bennett, two of the three fastest boys in history in the sprint hurdles, easily advanced to the finals of the 110m hurdles at the IAAF World Under20 Championships on Wednesday, looking like medal favourites.

Janieve Russell, Sasha Lee Forbes of Jamaica and Shane Brathwaite of Barbados registered wins at the Spitzen Leichtathletik meeting in Luzern, Switzerland on Monday.

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