Omar McLeod pulled away from his rivals to win the men’s 110m hurdle race in a world-leading 13.05 (+1.4) ahead of fellow Jamaican Hansle Parchment (13.10) and Spain’s Orlando Ortega (13.12) at Doha Diamond League on Friday, May, 6, 2016.
22-year-old McLeod has been on a tear since winning the 60m hurdles at Portland’s World Indoor Championships.
“I feel good going up against such a world class field and I have so much respect for these guys, so each time I go out there I don’t want to take it for granted,” McLeod said.
The former Arkansas NCAA champ recently ran a wind-legal 9.99 become the first man to run 100m in under 10 seconds and the 110m hurdles in under 13 seconds, his career best being 12.97.
McLeod also defeated David Oliver (13.16) and World record-holder Aries Merritt (13.37). Merritt’s time is promising, however, as he underwent a kidney transplant on September 1. He debuted at the Drake Relays last weekend in 13.61, a quarter second slower than what he ran in Doha.