Day 4 at the world athletics championships

Solenn Plantier
Août 8, 2017

Olympic champion Omar McLeod of Jamaica beat defending champion Sergey Shubenkov of Russian Federation to win the men's 110 meters hurdles title at the World Athletics Championships here on Monday.

"I had to win tonight as my mother (Arnella Knight-Morris) was watching in the stands. His legacy to Jamaican athletics he deserves such a tribute!"

McLeod added: "This one is special, honestly". It's totally different to past year (at Rio) where we had Usain and Elaine winning, which I used to propel me.

After the seventh hurdle, Sergey Shubenkov, the defending champion from Russian Federation, running as a neutral, threatened to close the Jamaican down but McLeod went away again, striding clear to win in 13.04 seconds.

On this occasion, just as in Rio past year when he became the first Jamaican man to win a sprint hurdles gold, he offered speed with total control from the gun.

Shubenkov, competing as an athorised neutral athlete, said, "I'm so frustrated".

"I'm just happy to be competing at the world championships and to get a medal".

"To be honest it doesn't matter the colour of the vest I am wearing, it is more important that I gave pleasure to the people in my country who were watching".

Upset of the day: Venezuelan Yulimar Rojas turned the tables on her great South American rival, Colombia's Caterine Ibarguen, to win gold in the women's triple jump. "Of course, I am not happy to be in lane nine but just being in the stadium is enough for me", he said. I am back on the world stage, that's the main thing. But it's definitely possible for me to medal in the future.

"I didn't have that this time so I really wanted to come out and shine my own light". "I'm just happy still to be part of it".

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