Omar Mcleod joined distinguished company when he became just the third man to ever win both the Olympic and World Championships 110 metre hurdles titles.
McLeod salvaged national pride for Jamaica when he struck gold in 13.04 seconds ahead of Sergey Shubenkov (13.14) at the IAAF World Championships in London a short while ago.
The 23 year old, who won gold at last year’s Rio Olympics, now joins two hurdling legends – Allen Johnson and Lui Xiang as the only men to win both Olympic and World Championships titles in the obstacle race.
The American legend won gold at the 1996 Olympics and went on to win four world championships titles, while Chinese legend Liu Xiang won gold at the 2004 Athens Games before winning a world title three years later in Osaka, Japan.
This is the first time in 20 years that the Olympic champion followed up with a world title the following season in this event. Johnson became the first man to ever accomplish the feet in 1997.
It was a big victory in another sense, as this was Jamaica’s first gold medal at this championships after massive disappointments in the sprints with Usain Bolt winning only a bronze in the men 100m and Elaine Thompson finishing a shocking fifth in the female equivalent.
“I had a task, I had to come out and win gold for Jamaica and the Jamaican camp. After Usain and Elaine’s loss, the camp was down and I really wanted to bring that spark back,” McLeod said to journalists after the win.
McLeod might have another gold to collect, as it is possible that he could be given a spot on the Jamaican 4x100m relay team. McLeod is one of, if not the fastest hurdlers in the world, possessing a personal best of 9.99 seconds in the 100m set in April of last year.