Jamaican sprint hurdler Michael O’Hara ran a new personal best 13.61 to win the 100m hurdles at the 2019 LEAP Meeting in Loughborough, England on Tuesday.

Former Calabar High sensation Michael O'Hara is optimistic the 2019 season will mark a long-awaited transition to the elite ranks of track and field.

O’Hara, who opened his season at the Camperdown Classic on Saturday, secured victory in the 400m ahead of the pack in a modest 49.3 seconds.  The athlete, however, expressed happiness with the result and admitted that he was simply happy to be running with good health again.

“It feels great to just return to the track. It’s been a while since I can remember opening my season this early, so I’m just grateful for finishing in good health,” O’Hara said after the race.

When asked about his plans for the 2019 season, O’Hara expressed cautious optimism.

“I’m taking the season one race at a time and the aim today was just to assess my current form. Preparations have been going well in training and I'm just excited to be back on track after injury setbacks in former years,” he added.

“The events are up to Coach to decide. For me, the plan is to make the World Championships team this summer.”

O’Hara was a star athlete for Calabar in the ISSA Boys' Athletics Championships which he left with four gold medals in 2015. The 22-year-old has personal best times of 10.19 and 20.45 seconds over 100 and 200m respectively. He was the 200m World Junior Champion in 2013.

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