Aug 18, 2016

    Bolt, Fraser-Pryce wins fuel McLeod's hurdles victory

    JAMAICAN star Omar McLeod said the "contagious" Olympic medal-winning performances of Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce inspired him to his 110m hurdles triumph on Tuesday.

    McLeod, 22, became the first Jamaican to claim gold in the event after a flawless display at the Olympic Stadium to win in 13.05sec.

    It was a silky hurdling performance from the latest product of Jamaica's incredible sprint factory.

    The victory capped a tumultuous season for McLeod, who last month was involved in a spectacular fall at a Diamond League meeting which left him hobbling over the line.

    He bounced back brilliantly in Rio, inspired by the example of triple Olympic 100m champion Bolt and double Olympic 100m champion Fraser-Pryce.

    "You see them, they go out and have fun and represent themselves and their country and they win, and you just want to go out and do the same thing," McLeod said.

    "It's honestly contagious. You just want to feel how it feels."

    McLeod said he was struggling to come to terms with his victory, which saw Spain's Orlando Ortega take silver and Dimitri Bascou of France bronze.

    "I need to go back and recite it a couple of times and say: You're an Olympic champion."