Omar McLeod ready for Millrose Games
Omar McLeod

Omar McLeod said is goal “is to run hard and just to stay with these guys for as long as I can” in Friday’s Diamond League Series opener in Doha, Qatar.

The World and Olympic 110m hurdles champion has a personal best of 20.49s, but admitted that run wasn’t easy.

“I didn’t really know what to do in the 200. Coach told me to run the first 150 metres in 14 (seconds) and I gave him the first 150 in 14. But then that last 50 – it hurt, it burned. I didn’t expect that,” he said of his 200m race on March 29 in Florida.

“That was coach’s way of breaking down the race for me. So I could say I’m a little bit more comfortable about sprinting, I’m learning.”

World champion Ramil Guliyev, Commonwealth champion Jereem Richards, Olympic medalist Andre de Grasse and Diamond League winner Noah Lyles are the big names in the field.

“I’m really new to the event and I’m going up against guys I have a lot of respect for. I’m a student of the sport, I love sprinting. So I’m going out there to learn and to feed off these guys and drop my times.”

McLeod, the first athlete to run sub-13 in the 110m hurdles and sub-10 in the 100m, now eyes “sub-20 obviously is the goal in the 200.”

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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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