Hansle Parchment "I tried to maintain my fitness by doing a lot of swimming and weights training that did not put pressure on my leg"

Hansle Parchment’s performance at the recently concluded Jamaica Olympic Trials (24-27 June) was one of the pleasant surprises. The London 2012 Olympics bronze medallist started his 2021 campaign positively before a turn of events almost placed him on the sidelines.

Parchment after opening his season on 11 June was scarcely seen afterwards, except as a GraceKennedy ambassador in TV commercials. His form coming into the JAAA National Senior Championships was unknown until his semi-final victory in 13.19 seconds gave an indication of his readiness.

In the final, the 6ft 5-inch athlete not known for his start was in contention from early. He remained competitive throughout the contest with eventual winner Ronald Levy before the fast-finishing Damion Thomas Jnr, from lane eight, rushed by him at the wire.

“It’s been a tough season,” said Parchment.

“It started out well and I was in line to run really fast before I got a stress fracture in my foot which took me out for a while. Nevertheless, I tried to maintain my fitness by doing a lot of swimming and weights training that did not put pressure on my leg.

“I am about 85% of where I want to be, but I am thankful for today’s time (13.16), I still have some improvements to make in terms of my technique and better execution, which will me make run faster.”

Ronald Levy won the event in 13.10 ahead of World U20 champion Damion Thomas, 13.11.

The international multi-sport event is scheduled to be held from 23 July to 8 August 2021 in Tokyo, Japan

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