The Associated PressSHANGHAI (AP) — Olympic and world champion Omar McLeod surprised himself by edging the men’s 110-meter hurdles at a rain-drenched Shanghai Diamond League on Saturday.
The Jamaican narrowly defeated Orlando Ortega of Spain by one hundredth of a second in an ordinary 13.16 seconds to capture his third successive victory in Shanghai.
“I was kind of overcome with emotions because I’ve been through a lot this season,” McLeod said.
“I was hurt a month ago [with an unspecified injury]. I still was feeling some slight pain, but I was like, ‘I’m here.’”
McLeod, who skipped the Commonwealth Games, admitted after the race he’s still not fully fit.
“My leg is a little bit sore but my body’s in shock because it’s just fatigue and I haven’t been able to do a 110 workout in like a month,” he said.
“It’s just a lot of emotions.”
In the final race of the night, British sprinter Reece Prescod won the men’s 100 in dramatic fashion in 10.04 seconds.
It was initially believed Chinese sprinter Su Bingtian won, but video replay showed Prescod came out of nowhere in lane nine to narrowly defeat the fan favorite.
Chinese sprinter Xie Zhenye was third, and world champion Justin Gatlin was seventh.