McLeod wins gold
Omar McLeod (Arkansas Razorbacks) was at the center of Jamaica’s delayed celebration Monday. He was the first athlete from the island to win a gold at the world championships this year, winning the 110-meter hurdles. The 23-year-old from Kingston did what Usain Bolt and Elaine Thompson could not the previous nights in the 100 meters — leaving the field behind to bring a gold medal home to a country that has come to expect nothing less. “I took it upon myself to re-route that and bring that spark back,” said McLeod, who adds this gold medal to his Olympic title from last year. “I’m happy I did that.” McLeod won in 13.04 seconds, while the world-record holder, American Aries Merritt, finished fifth. Other gold medalists Monday were Venezuela’s Yulimar Rojas in the triple jump and Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk in the hammer throw. Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon won the 1,500 meters.