MONTEGO BAY, St James — Omar McLeod, the most dominant male sprint hurdler on the planet over the last 13 months at the very least, will open his IAAF Diamond League season tomorrow at the second meeting, in Shanghai, China where he will face a loaded field.

 

The Jamaican, who won the IAAF World Indoors gold medal in Portland, Oregon in March last year and followed up with a first-0ever Olympic gold by a Jamaican in Rio in August, has already shown the form he is in with a world-leading 13.04 seconds (1.8m/s) in rainy and cold conditions at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, recently.

 

After winning in Shanghai last year in 12.98 seconds, the fastest in the world for 2016, McLeod is not putting any pressure on himself and told the Jamaica Observer over the weekend that going into Shanghai he expects to compete "hard and have fun".

 

The race could be the feature of the schedule and the line-up looks like a 'who's who' of male sprint hurdling with Spain's Orlando Ortega who took silver in Rio, American David Oliver, World Record holder Aries Merritt, world champion Sergey Shubenkov and Jamaica's World Championships silver medallist Hansle Parchment, who was second last year in Shanghai.

But McLeod is undaunted and will only be focusing on what he has to do.

 

“I never focus on competition, though I respect all my competitors. But in an event like mine, my main focus has to be the 10 obstacles in front of me,” he said.

 

So far, he slaims, his preparation for the August World Championships in London has been going as planned.

 

“My preparations have been going great... we are right where we want to be in terms of my health, fitness and my schedule for the rest of season,” McLeod said.

 

The only man to have the distinction of running both the 110m hurdles under 13.00 seconds and the 100m under 10.00 seconds, McLeod showed off his diversity running an indoor personal best 20.48 seconds over the 200m in Arkansas in February, which was part of his preparation.

 

“The 200m I ran was just a part of my preparation for now. It's my favourite event, so whenever coach wants me to run another I'll be more than happy to, without even second guessing,” he told the Observer.

 

When asked if he has any plans to run the shorter 100m sprints this year, he responded: “The main goal for this year is to win (in) London and get that goal out the way. Once I do that then I'll have plenty of time to experiment a lot more with those events."

 

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Omar McLeod, the most dominant male sprint hurdler on the planet over the last 13 months at the very least, will open his IAAF Diamond League season tomorrow at the second meeting, in Shanghai, China where he will face a loaded field.

 

The Jamaican, who won the IAAF World Indoors gold medal in Portland, Oregon in March last year and followed up with a first-0ever Olympic gold by a Jamaican in Rio in August, has already shown the form he is in with a world-leading 13.04 seconds (1.8m/s) in rainy and cold conditions at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, recently.

 

After winning in Shanghai last year in 12.98 seconds, the fastest in the world for 2016, McLeod is not putting any pressure on himself and told the Jamaica Observer over the weekend that going into Shanghai he expects to compete "hard and have fun".

 

The race could be the feature of the schedule and the line-up looks like a 'who's who' of male sprint hurdling with Spain's Orlando Ortega who took silver in Rio, American David Oliver, World Record holder Aries Merritt, world champion Sergey Shubenkov and Jamaica's World Championships silver medallist Hansle Parchment, who was second last year in Shanghai.

But McLeod is undaunted and will only be focusing on what he has to do.

 

“I never focus on competition, though I respect all my competitors. But in an event like mine, my main focus has to be the 10 obstacles in front of me,” he said.

 

So far, he slaims, his preparation for the August World Championships in London has been going as planned.

 

“My preparations have been going great... we are right where we want to be in terms of my health, fitness and my schedule for the rest of season,” McLeod said.

 

The only man to have the distinction of running both the 110m hurdles under 13.00 seconds and the 100m under 10.00 seconds, McLeod showed off his diversity running an indoor personal best 20.48 seconds over the 200m in Arkansas in February, which was part of his preparation.

 

“The 200m I ran was just a part of my preparation for now. It's my favourite event, so whenever coach wants me to run another I'll be more than happy to, without even second guessing,” he told the Observer.

 

 

When asked if he has any plans to run the shorter 100m sprints this year, he responded: “The main goal for this year is to win (in) London and get that goal out the way. Once I do that then I'll have plenty of time to experiment a lot more with those events."

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