McLeod wins gold

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

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.

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