24 APR 2016 Report Fayetteville, USA
IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016 60m hurdles champion Omar McLeod wrote himself into the history books at the John McDonnell Invitational at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, USA, when he took advantage of a 2.0 metres-per-second breeze on his back to win the 100m in 9.99 on Saturday (23).
The time means that the Jamaican hurdler, a 12.97 performer in his specialist event, has become the first athlete in history to run under 10 seconds for the 100m and 13 seconds for the 110m hurdles.
"Hard to believe that I haven't ran this event in five years and my personal best prior to this was 11.02 wind-legal. So with that said, this race kinda means a lot. Finally trusting my abilities!" commented McLeod on social media.
McLeod’s compatriot 2012 world junior discus champion Fedrick Dacres threw a world-leading 68.02m to win at the Triton Invitational in San Diego.
Dacres previous best was 66.75m from 2014 and his effort in San Diego was just short of the Jamaican national record of 68.19 set by Jason Morgan last year.
Another world-leading mark came at the at the LSU Alumni Gold meeting in Baton Rouge with 2012 world junior 400m champion Ashley Spencer continuing her rapid transition to being a world-class hurdler when she won over the barriers in 54.70, taking more than a second off her best from three years ago.
Spencer, the 2016 world indoor championships 400m silver medallist, was pushed all the way by Nnenya Hailey, who is moving up from being predominantly a 100m hurdler to the longer discipline, but the latter had to settle for second in a personal best of 54.98, which was also more than a second faster than she had ever run before.