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Monday June 24, 2013

Top Jamaican hurdler Parchment hurt during warm-up

KINGSTON (Jamaica): Season world leader and 2012 London Olympic bronze medallist Hansle Parchment was hurt while warming up and missed Saturday’s 110m hurdles final at the Jamaica Athletics Championships.

But Jamaican athletics officials said Parchment might yet run at the World Championships in Moscow in August, if he recovers in time - despite not competing in the final at the qualifying meet for the Jamaican squad for the Russia meet.

Andrew Riley, who won the Jamaican 110m final in 13.35 seconds with Dwight Thomas second in 13.45, blamed meet organisers for the accident that caused Parchment’s ankle injury.

“(I’m) a bit disappointed that Hansle was not in the final, but you have to put that blame on the organisers,” Riley said. “At the warm-up track, there was no blocks and lights. Jamaica need to take care of their athletes.”

Parchment, who leads the world this year with a run of 13.05 clipped the first hurdle in a warm-up run and landed badly.

Five days past his 23rd birthday, Parchment was taken to the University of West Indies hospital for x-rays instead of running for a national crown.

Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) president Warren Blake said because Parchment “has a top three ranking, and he came to the trials and is the only other (runner than Riley) with the A standard (for world meet qualifying), he will be considered as long as he assures us that he is fit.”

With neither reigning Olympic champion Usain Bolt nor star Yohan Blake running in the men’s 200m semi-finals, Nickel Ashmeade, third in the 100m final, had the best 200m semi-final time in 20.07.

Rasheed Dwyer had the second-best time in 20.23 to win his semi-final heat, with London Olympics bronze medallist Warren Weir third overall in 20.27. — AFP

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