Jamaica’s Omar McLeod executed a perfect race in the 100 meters hurdles to land the gold medal in the London World Championships on Monday.
McLeod got off to his usual flawless start to smoothly negotiate the 10 high hurdles and complete the 110 meters final in a time of 13.08 seconds. His win ended a drought of gold medals which were anticipated to come from his fellow Jamaicans Usain Bolt and Elaine Thompson, both of who failed to deliver.
McLeod however was completely focused on his goal and celebrated wildly after the race before hugging a female Jamaican fan who sported a T-shirt bearing his image.
Mouth-watering 400 meters final expected
Earlier four Caribbean women qualified for what is expected to be a mouth-watering 400 meters final on Wednesday.
Bahamian Shaunae Miller-Uibo looked flawless as she won her heat. Jamaican Shericka Jackson placed second in the second heat. Jackson’s countrywomen Stephanie McPherson and veteran Novelene Williams-Mills qualified as fastest losers.
Also qualifying for the finals was veteran American sprinter, now quarter miler Allyson Felix.
Four Caribbean men in 200 meters semis
In the men’s 400 meters hurdles Dominican Jounder Santos and Jamaican Kemar Mowatt qualified for the finals. The Caribbean will be well represented in the men 200 meters. Guyana’s Winston George, Kyle Greaux and Jamaicans Yohan Blake and Rasheed Dwyer qualified for the 200 meters semi-finals. The victor in the finals will succeed Jamaica’s Usain Bolt as 200 meters World Champion.