Hurdlers’ status still unknown

Hurdlers’ status still unknown

BY HOWARD WALKER Observer senior reporter

Friday, July 29, 2016

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There is not much information coming out of the Jamaican camp regarding Jamaica’s hurdling medal prospect, Janieve Russell and Hansle Parchment.

Both Russell and Parchment handed in medical exemptions and skipped the Jamaica National Senior Championships in July after picking up injuries.

The two hurdlers are both at the pre-Olympic camp and technical director, Maurice Wilson, who is head of the coaching staff, could not offer much when contacted yesterday.

"Nothing to tell right now," was Wilson’s response. But he did inform that they (Russell and Parchment) were indeed in training.

Russell, 22, was earmarked as one of the brightest medal prospects for Jamaica in the 400m hurdles after running a series of good times, in the process lowering her personal best at least three times this season.

Her 53.96-secs clocking at the Rome Diamond League was a world-leading mark and by time she got injured, it was the second-fastest in the world. Now she is ranked as the third-fastest woman behind Americans Dalilah Muhammed with 52.88 secs and Shamier Little with 53.51 secs, the latter time done at the Eugene track in the United States, which is a renowned fast track.

Following her medical exemption, Russell was supposed to have proven her fitness at the London Games on July 22 but was absent, and she has until August 10 before Jamaica hand in their final team to Olympic officials.

Parchment, Jamaica’s 110m hurdles Olympic bronze medallist, also has yet to prove his fitness in competition, after being granted a medical exemption from Jamaica’s National Senior Championships.

He last raced on May 14 at the Shanghai Diamond League clocking 13.12 seconds while finishing second to Omar McLeod, who has the world leading 12.98 secs.

Parchment, who won silver at the Beijing World Championship last year, was also second to McLeod at the Doha Diamond League a week earlier.

He withdrew from the Racers Grand Prix on June 11 and has not been seen in action since.

Parchment, who always delivers on the big occasions, is expected along with McLeod to have a good chance of medalling in Rio.

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