JAMAICA | Parchment wins Gold in 110m hurdles, Levy takes Bronze
TOKYO, Japan, August 5, 2021 - Jamaica’s Hansle parchment shocked world champion Grant Holloway and created a monumental upset to win gold in the 110m hurdles at the Olympic finals in Tokyo Japan.
The world champion and favourite to win the race, United States Grant Holloway, came into the Games having missed the world record by 0.01 at the US Olympic Trials in May, clocking 12.81. He is the only man to have broken 13 seconds this year.
For the first five hurdles of the Olympic final, all seemed to be going to plan for Holloway and appeared poised to claim his first Olympic gold medal when Jamaica’s Hansle Parchment came storming through and after the 10th hurdle blazed past Holloway taking the lead.
Parchment, who won bronze in London in 2012 and overcame serious injuries this year to make the Jamaican team, took all his momentum from the final clearance and drove through to the finish line to win in 13.04, his season’s best.
Holloway only just held on to the silver medal (13.09) as another Jamaican Ronald Levy (13.10) charged at him. Just behind them were the USA's Devon Allen (13.14) and France's Pascal Martinot-Lagarde (13.16).
Levy, Jamaica’s national champion, took the bronze in his first major global final in13.10 seconds, just behind Holloway, the second fastest ever in the event who ran 13.09 seconds.
In commenting on his win, Parchment said “(It’s) the greatest feeling, the greatest feeling, I’ve worked so hard," he said.
“It’s unbelievable that I caught this guy (Holloway). I’m really grateful. A lot of times, after the final hurdle, I’m kind of leaning too early, and my coach reminded me to run through the line – and that’s what I did."
Parchment, who also has a World Championships silver medal, got off to a slow start but caught the leaders including Holloway and Levy and ran past them after the final barrier.
Holloway looked stunned at the outcome. He had not lost a sprint hurdles race since August last year.
“I just think the nerves, the big atmosphere, got the best of me a little bit," he said. “But I’m young, I’ve got a lot of races under my belt, so I’ll take this with a grain of salt and I keep moving forward.
“This was not the outcome that I wanted but it enables me to say I’m an Olympic medallist.”
“I love the hurdles and I can’t wait until next year for the World Championships in front of a home crowd (Eugene, Oregon). I think that’s going to be really good for me," he said.
Rio Olympic bronze medallist Parchment, by contrast, had only just scraped into the Jamaican Olympic team, finishing third at his national trials in 13.16. He had not broken 13.20 in the qualifying rounds in Tokyo, but saved his very best for last.
The 31-year-old Jamaican had not run this fast since the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, where he finished second, his best global finish until today. But he was the most experienced man in the field and kept the coolest head
He said he would need time to believe he had finally won the gold medal.
"I think I might have to sit for a bit (when I get home) and just absorb the moment," he said.
The Jamaicans may have left empty-handed from the men's 100m but they claimed two of the three medals in this event.
"It was all about composure out there," Levy commented.