KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica's most successful male sprint hurdler, Maurice Wignall, firmly believes the country's new national record holder Hansle Parchment can stand on the medal podium at this summer's Olympics.
Parchment clocked national record of 13.14 behind Cuban world record holder Dayron Robles in semi-final three to advance to this afternoon's finals.
"He can medal if he works on his start because you can't let them get away from you," said Wignall, who also set a national record of 13.17 in 2004 Athens Olympics in winning his semi-final.
The previous record of 13.15 was held by Dwight 'Bigga' Thomas
Parchment has the distinction of being the first local-based Jamaican to win a national sprint hurdles title, the first university student to qualify for the Olympic sprint hurdles and the first Jamaican University Games hurdles Champion.
Like Wignall, Parchment is coached by Fitz Coleman.