BEIJING, China:Jamaica’s 110m hurdles finalists, Omar McLeod and Hansle Parchment, will both be looking for improvement as they go in search of Jamaica’s first gold medal in this event at the World Championships.The pair enter today’s final at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, China, as the third- and fourth-fastest qualifiers heading into the medal round. However, none was particularly pleased with their performance and are well aware that a medal in what has been one of the closest races this year, will most likely not come their way unlessMcLeod, the fastest hurdler in China, this year, after his 12.97 run at Jamaica’s national championships a few weeks ago, showed no mercy towards the hurdles in his semi-final, hitting all 10 on his way to a 13.14 second-place finish. This followed early problems in his heat and despite taking solace in his ability to remain focused even when the race has fallen apart, McLeod is aware it’s the hurdler with the least mistakes who is likely to win.”I’m going to do my very best to have a clean race, I want to do well for myself, my country, and my family so I’m trying to prove that I can do great things against these big boys,” said McLeod. “Coming this young, is an exception, I have nothing to lose. I just need to go out there and run my race, run the same race I have been running all season and once I do that relaxed, great things will happen.””It (the ability to recover in bad races) shows that I’m strong, so I’m happy that I have something to work on. Hurdles is something you have to be technically sound in. I think it’s going to boil down to who has the perfect race because I think everyone is going to be up there, I’m just focusing on getting out, holding it together,” McLeod told The Gleaner.”It would mean everything to win a medal here, it would be exceptional! Coming here as a 21-year-old, medalling. I mean making the final is a great thing but medalling would be the icing on the cake and I really think I can do it. I have trained hard, the focus is there, the exuberance is there,” McLeod beamed.Parchment, the Olympic bronze medal winner, who was second in his semi-final with a 13.16 mark, said he is looking to improve his focus at the start as he expressed confidence in his chances of winning here.”I am very happy that I got through, but I’m very disappointed with the first part of the race it was a very slow start, I don’t think my mind was in the right place but I’m into the final and I’m very happy about that,” Parchment said.”I think I was thinking about the start or about getting out too much so when the gun went off, I was still thinking and then I realised its time to race. I need to focus and not worry about these things and just leave it on the track,” he added.The 110m hurdles final gets under way at 8:20 a.m. today.-A.L.
DONEGAL County Council has been left with a €30,000 bill after diesel-laundering criminals dumped thousands of litres of sludge at the side of a Co Donegal road.Superintendent Leo McGinn confirmed Gardaí and Customs are investigating the gang which left an astonishing 33,000 litres of diesel sludge near a quarry at Ballintra.The dumped substance is one of the biggest ever left in the State; and is six times the amount dumped in Louth in the past six months. Donegal County Council will have to export the waste to Germany where toxic waste experts will dispose of it.But it doesn’t come cheap – at €1,000 for every 1,000 litres, according to Louth Council which has had to deal with years of criminal gangs dumping the sludge.The waste is created when gangs remove dyes from agricultural diesel. The laundered fuel – now clear – then causes huge damage to cars which use it.Supt. Leo McGinn said gardaí were notified last Saturday night that a trailer had been left near a quarry at Ballymagroarty, Ballintra. “This causes a serious environmental problem for the authorities,” said Supt McGinn.He appealed for anyone with information on the gangs to contact officers in Ballyshannon Garda Station.Forensics officers have examined the containers as part of the investigation, he said.Gardaí in Ballyshannon are on 071 98 58530. REVEALED: COUNCIL LEFT TO PICK UP €30K COST OF SENDING DIESEL SLUDGE TO GERMANY was last modified: February 27th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallintraBallyshannonDonegal Daily first with the big storiesGarda investgationREVEALED: COUNCIL LEFT TO PICK UP €30K COST OF SENDING DIESEL SLUDGE TO GERMANY