BEIJING, China – Shane Brathwaite of Barbados and Jamaica’s Hansel Parchment won their 110 hurdles heat at the World Championships here on Wednesday.
In Brathwaite’s race, Jamaica’s Omar McLeod fought to stay in the race after being thrown off by Mikel Thomas of Trinidad and Tobago, who had drawn the lane beside and clutter into the first hurdle. McLeod then hit the next three hurdles as he struggled to maintain his form, but recovered well to finish the heat in second.
While all that was happening, (Shane) Brathwaite, away from that confusion in lane eight, ran through to take the event in 13.28 seconds, with McLeod doing 13.43 and Wenjun Xi of China finishing third in 13.44.
In the second heat, Jamaica’s Andrew Riley finished second in the race that was disrupted by two false starts and a long delay after the second as Ronnie Ash of the United States of America protested the decision against him.
Afterwards, Riley was dueling Pascal Martinot-Lagarde of France for the lead, but the latter pulled away in the final 20 metres to take victory in 13.35 seconds as Riley was clocked in 13.43 with Gregor Traber of Germany finishing third in 13.44. Ronald Forbes of Cayman Islands was fifth in 13.78.
In the meanwhile, Jamaica’s Hansle Parchment came through the field to win his heat. He got his usual slow start but picked up momentum towards the end to win in 13.33 seconds as Matthias Buhler of Germany closed rapidly for second in 13.35 with Aleec Harris of the United States of America doing 13.41 for third.