PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 19: Omar Mcleod of Jamaica competes in the Men's 60 Metre Hurdles Heats during day three of the IAAF World Indoor Championships at Oregon Convention Center on March 19, 2016 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images for IAAF)

Rio Dream RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Omar McLeod stayed on course to capture the men’s 110m hurdles crown at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The world leader, who is the overwhelming favourite for the title, breezed through semi-final 2 in 13.15.

The world indoor champion wasn’t the fastest out of the blocks, but was very smooth in racing down the track over the hurdles to beat Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, 13.25.

In the first semi-final, Deuce Carter, who was right in the mix, hit the 8th hurdle, which threw him off and back into 6th place. His time of 13.69 wasn’t enough to put him further.

Orlando Ortega of Spain won the event in 13.32 ahead of Ronnie Ash of United States 13.36. Both automatically qualified for the final later tonight.

Andrew Riley, the third Jamaican in the semis, also failed to make progress with 13.69.
Dimitri Bascou won the race in 13.23.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.


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