Friday 20 September, 2019

Omar McLeod challenges the top sprinters at Millrose Games

World and Olympic 110m hurdles champion Omar McLeod.

World and Olympic 110m hurdles champion Omar McLeod.

World and Olympic 110m hurdles champion Jamaican Omar McLeod insists he will not be afraid to fail when it comes to a planned foray into the sprint events in the very near future.

A dominant couple of seasons has seen the 23-year-old claim back to back gold medals at the last two major games, but the athlete despite experiencing great success over the obstacle events remains eager to expand his horizons.

McLeod could certainly be forgiven for optimism regarding the flat sprints as in 2016 he became the first athlete in history to run under 10 seconds (9.99) for the 100m and 13 seconds for the 110m hurdles.  Going head to head with some of the sport’s elite sprinters, however, will be a different kettle of fish entirely and certainly carries its own risks.

“Maybe it’s a little risky, going from what I do and what I dominate to another event where I’ll probably get beat a couple of times. But that’s OK. I know that I can grow,” McLeod told US Today.

“I know I can be really successful with it,” he added.

McLeod will attempt that hurdle this weekend in the 60m at the Millrose Games in New York, racing against fellow Jamaican Asafa Powell and Americans Cameron Burrell, Ronnie Baker and Clayton Vaughn.

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