Andrew Riley to replace Parchment

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

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Rio de Janerio, Brazil — Jamaica’s 2014 Commonweath Games 110m hurdles champion Andrew Riley has been drafted in to replace Hansle Parchment, who withdrew from the team on Tuesday night after failing to prove his fitness.

Riley, 27, finished third at Jamaica’s National Senior Championships behind Omar McLeod and Deuce Carter, and with national record holder Hansle Parchment being granted a medical exemption through injury, Riley’s Olympics place appeared lost.

However, as fate would have it, Parchment — the 2012 London Olympics bronze medallist and the 2015 World Championships silver medallist — never recovered sufficiently to prove his fitness before the August 8 deadline.

Ludlow Watts, the athletics team leader, told the Jamaica Observer that a decision was taken to replace Parchment with Riley, and he is expected to join the Jamaican camp soon.

"A decision was taken that Riley will now be the third representative in the 110m hurdles," said Watts.

He continued: "Remember, we had to do a medical test and evaluation by the technical committee, so after consideration by all concerned and the athletes, it was decided that Riley would be the one to compete in the 110m hurdles."

Parchment left the pre-Olympic training camp clearly a disappointed athlete and refused to comment on the situation. However, his manager, Juliet Campbell, told the Observer that he took the decision by himself to withdraw from the camp.

"He has been plagued by injuries over the years. But after a meet in Italy, where he ran 13.5 seconds, he said he felt good, and that’s why he came to the camp," said Campbell.

"So he talked to his coach and took the decision to pull out," she reiterated.

Late last evening Parchment’s camp issued a release in which the athlete stated: "I knew Andrew Riley was waiting to find out if he would compete or not, and I didn’t know if I would be ready — so to allow the Jamaica management to give Andrew his chance was the right thing to do. He will compete with full fitness and confidence in his form and ability, and I hope he does well.

"It’s very disappointing, as I’ve worked extremely hard to get here. But this is track & field, and it’s one of the hazards that comes with the sport, so I have to accept this unfortunate situation. I’ll make a full recovery and train hard over the fall and winter to return stronger and quicker next year."

— Howard Walker

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