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World and Olympic champion Omar McLeod surprised himself by edging the men’s 110-meter hurdles at a rain-drenched Shanghai Diamond League on Saturday.

The Jamaican narrowly defeated Orlando Ortega of Spain by one hundredth of a second in an ordinary 13.16 seconds to capture his third successive victory in Shanghai.

“I was kind of overcome with emotions because I’ve been through a lot this season,” McLeod said. “I was hurt a month ago (with an unspecified injury). I still was feeling some slight pain, but I was like, ‘I’m here.'”

McLeod, who skipped the Commonwealth Games, admitted after the race he’s still not fully fit.

Jamaica's Omar Mcleod
Jamaica’s Omar Mcleod
“My leg is a little bit sore but my body’s in shock because it’s just fatigue and I haven’t been able to do a 110 workout in like a month,” he said. “It’s just a lot of emotions.”

South Africa’s Luvo Manyonga saved his best leap until last and won the long jump with his mark of 8.56m.

China’s 19-year-old Shi Yuhao had taken the lead with a PB of 8.43m in the second round, a mark which Manyonga had matched in the fourth round to sit ahead on countback. But Shi was unable to improve further and was left in agony after injuring himself during his final attempt.

Source: AP

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