Olympics-Athletics-Jamaican Parchment shocks Holloway to win 110m hurdles


By Sudipto Ganguly

TOKYO (Reuters) – Jamaican Hansle Parchment delivered one of the biggest shocks in track and field competition at the Tokyo Olympics, beating world champion Grant Holloway in the men’s 110-meter hurdles final on Thursday.

Holloway had not lost a hurdle race since August of last year and was the overwhelming favorite after breaking the world indoor record in the 60m hurdles this year and missing the 110m record by a hundredth of a second in the US Olympic trials.

The 23-year-old broke into the blocks and looked ready for gold until he lost his momentum on the final two hurdles.

Parchment, 31, passed him to take the best time of the season in 13.04 and add the gold to his London Olympic bronze.

Holloway came home in 13.09 to win silver with Jamaican Ronald Levy third in 13.10.

Parchment was stunned to have knocked down Holloway.

“The biggest feeling, the biggest feeling, I worked so hard. It’s amazing that I caught this guy,” he added.

“A lot of times after the last hurdle I lean a bit too early, and my trainer reminded me to run to the line – and I did.”

The man who was supposed to pose the biggest challenge to Holloway in Tokyo was not in the race. Omar McLeod, the 2016 Olympic champion, cleared the first hurdle at the Jamaican trials at the end of June and failed to qualify.

Parchment did not compete in a 110 hurdles race last year due to an injury. In his first race in 2021, he clocked a time of 13.49 in June, his time again affected by injury.

Parchment was only third in trials and was second in his heat and semi-final in Tokyo, but managed to do his best when it mattered to ensure the gold stays in Jamaica.

The United States dominated the 110 hurdles at the Olympics, winning 19 of 28 gold medals offered before Tokyo.

On a hot and humid morning at the Olympic Stadium, Holloway entered the race under considerable pressure.

The United States has won a gold medal in a men’s individual running event at every Olympic Games since the inaugural Games of 1896, except in 1980 when it boycotted.

But they’ve done a blank in Tokyo so far.

Holloway said the Olympic pressure hit him a bit.

“Everyone knows I’m going to come out strong. Now I have to end up strong,” Holloway said.

“I just think the nerves, the big atmosphere got a little bit over me. But I’m young, I have a lot of races under my belt so I’m going to take this with a grain of salt and keep moving forward.

“It was not the result that I wanted but it allows me to say that I am an Olympic medalist.”

(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly; editing by Mitch Phillips / Peter Rutherford)

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