McLeod Wraps up Final World Championship Tune-up with a Win
ATLANTA, Ga. – Former Arkansas hurdler Omar McLeod captured the 110-meter hurdle title at the 2015 American Track League meet held at Emory University. McLeod last competed on July 7 in Budapest, Hungary where he suffered a hamstring strain while competing in the high hurdles and was unable to finish. This win continues the young Jamaican’s undefeated streak at the sprint hurdles exempting performances with injury.
In an interview with FloTrack McLeod shared his thoughts on his expectations coming into the race.
“It was my first race since Budapest and I really just wanted to where I’m at,” said McLeod. “I know I didn’t lose fitness at all, I know I’m fit, I trusted my fitness…”
Using the first three hurdles to get his bearings McLeod quickly adjusted to regain control of the competition. The NCAA indoor and outdoor high hurdle champion cruised to a 13.28 victory in his final tune up before the World Championships later this month in Beijing.
McLeod currently has the second fastest time in 110-meter hurdles this year at 12.97 which he ran at the 2015 Jamaican National Championships in June. He is one of only three athletes to run a legal sub-13 time in the event this year, joining current world leader from Cuba Orlando Ortega (12.94) and 2013 World champion U.S. hurdler David Oliver (12.98).
McLeod and former Arkansas distance standout Kemoy Campbell will represent Jamaica at the 2015 World Championships.
2015 American Track League Meet
1. Omar McLeod – 13.28
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