PARIS (SportingAlert) — Hansle Parchment flashed to a world-leading and new Jamaican national record on his way to winning the men’s 110m hurdles at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Paris on Saturday.
Parchment, who got off to a modest start, pulled away from the field at the last two barriers to set a new personal best of 12.94 seconds and became the first Jamaican male hurdler under the 13-seconds barrier.
The Olympic Games bronze medal winner from London 2012, improved his own Jamaican national record, which was set last year, at 13.05.
Parchment defeated a very solid field that had also included the on form Pascal Martinot-Lagarde of France, who also went on to set a new personal best of 13.05secs for second place, while third place went to Cuba’s Orlando Ortega, in 13.10.
American World champion David Oliver could only managed fifth in 13.26.
Dawn Harper-Nelson of USA won the women’s 100m sprint hurdles in a world-leading 12.44, striding home ahead of fellow countrywomen, Queen Harrison (12.46) and Lolo Jones (12.68).
French star Cindy Billaud continues to run well this season, after posting 12.71 for fourth place.
The men’s 400m hurdles saw Michael Tinsley of USA winning in a seasonal best of 48.25, beating Edwin Fredericks of South Africa (48.42) and Javier Culson of Puerto Rica (48.45).