Dash hurdlers Omar McLeod and Megan Tapper will carry Jamaican hopes right this moment within the Florence Golden Gala Diamond League meet.
Each will face high quality fields as they prepared themselves for the Nationwide Senior Championships and the Olympic Video games in Tokyo, with McLeod arriving in good kind.
On the weekend in Hengelo, Holland, McLeod bolstered his declare to a defence of his 2016 Olympic 110-metre hurdles title along with his finest time of the 12 months, 13.08 seconds.
Although he’ll face a effective subject in his 2021 Diamond League debut, he’s optimistic and has welcomed the added stress of defending his Olympic title in Tokyo.
“Stress is a privilege and I’m blessed to be in that place. I simply must hold trusting the method, trusting my coach, keep wholesome and I’m going there to defend my title,” stated McLeod.
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The Jamaican misplaced his World Championships title to American sensation Grant Holloway in 2019 however has proven good kind this 12 months with instances of 13.11 and 13.16 seconds previous to Hengelo.
He’ll match spikes with the person who succeeded him as World Indoor 60-metre hurdles champion, Andrew Pozzi of Nice Britain, 2010 and 2012 World Beneath-20 champions Wilhem Belocian and Pascal Martinot-Lagarde of France, Pan-Am champion Shane Brathwaite of Barbados and US star Devon Allen. The latter has the second-fastest 2021 time at 13.22 seconds.
The Jacksonville, Florida-based McLeod, Martinot-Lagarde and Allen positioned first, fourth and fifth within the 2016 Olympic closing.
Primarily based in Austria, Tapper should take care of the season’s quickest 100-metre hurdler, Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, who has run 12.44 seconds this 12 months.
Tapper, a finalist on the 2019 World Championships, may also face 2016 Olympic finalist Pedyra Seymour of The Bahamas and European champion Elvira Herman of Belarus.
The diminutive Jamaican has already performed 12.87 seconds this season.
Tapper’s first Diamond League race got here on Might 23 in Gateshead, England, the place she completed fifth in a blustery and rain-soaked race. Since then, the 2019 Pan-American Video games bronze medal winner has twice damaged 13 seconds.
Others right down to compete are Britain’s World 200-metre champion Dina Asher-Smith, distance stars Sifa Hassan of Holland and Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei.
Hassan set a short-lived 10,000-metre world file in Hengelo and Cheptegei set data at each 5,000 and 10,000 metres final 12 months.