Omar McLeod closes in on Grant Holloway's world-lead with 13.08 in Hengelo

By June 06, 2021

Omar McLeod ran the second-fastest time in the world this year to win the 110m hurdles at the FDK Games in the Netherlands where Sifan Hassan, running before her countrymen and women, broke the 10,000 world record.

The 27-year-old Jamaican, the reigning Olympic champion, ran a season-best 13.08 which left the USA’s Devon Allen (13.32) and Frenchman Wilhelm Belocian (13.34) trailing in his wake. Only World Champion Grant Holloway’s 13.07 is faster this year.

Jasmine Camacho-Quinn set a meet record in the 100m hurdles running 12.44 for a convincing victory. Poland’s Pia Skrsyzowska was miles behind in 12.80. Italy’s Elisa Maria Di Lazzaro was third in 13.00. Jamaica’s Megan Tapper, in Europe preparing for her country’s national championships at the end of the month, ran a modest 13.05 for fifth.

The meet opened with a world-record run by Hassan who completed the 10,000m in 29:06.82. The first seven across the line all ran personal bests but the Kenyan pair of Irine Jepchumba Kimais took second place in 30:37.24 while just managing to hold off Daisy Cherotich, who clocked 3:37.31.

Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith set a new meet record while winning the 100m for women in 10.92. She led from the gun to the tape to see off the challenge of Blessing Okgabare. The Nigerian was second in 11.01 just ahead of Daryll Neita, who ran a personal best of 11.04.

South Africa’s Isaac Makwala won the 200m in 20.37 over Eseosa Fostine Desalu (20.63) and Frenchman Christophe LeMaitre (20.79).

In the 400m, the USA’s Fred Kerley won in 44.74. Jochim Dobber of the Netherlands was second in 45.51 with Liemarvin Bonevacia third in 45.77.

The meet ended on a high when Sweden’s Mondo Duplantis cleared 6.10m to win the pole vault and then attempted 6.19m, which had he cleared it, would have been a world record. However, the height was too much for him on this day.

Only two men have cleared higher outdoors – Duplantis and the USSR’s Sergey Bubka

 

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