Defending champion McLeod falls from 110m hurdles throne in Doha

Defending champion McLeod falls from 110m hurdles throne in Doha

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Doha, Oct 3 : Olympic titlist and defending champion Omar McLeod of Jamaica suffered disqualification in the men's 110m hurdles final when American Grant Holloway took the victory at the Doha athletics world championships.

The dramatic scene that happened in the last event of the night when MCleod lost his balance stumbling on the hurdles. He fell onto the track and at the same time blocked the way of Spanish Orlando Ortega beside him.

"I felt my hamstring as I came off the first hurdle so then I was thinking about it, not my technique. It grabbed me again halfway through. But I gave it my all," said McLeod on Wednesday.

Mcleod was disqualified and the title went to NCAA champion Holloway in 13.10 seconds. Authorized Neutral Athlete Sergey Shubenkov was second in 13.15 ahead of Pascal Martinot-Lagarde of France in 13.18. "I am speechless. It's my first major championships and a lot of people were counting me out because I've been off my game in the last month or so, but when you have the motivation you never lose," said Holloway.

China's Xie Wenjun finished fourth in 13.29, who created the best result of Chinese male hurdlers at the world championships after retired former Olympic and world champion Liu Xiang. Britain got its first gold medal in Doha as two-time European champion Dina Asher-Smith eased to the women's 200m victory in a national record time of 21.88 seconds. American Brittany Brown was second in 22.22 and Swiss Mujinga Kambundji took bronze.

The men's hammer throw saw Poland's Pawel Fajdek lift his fourth consecutive world championships title in 80.50m while Frenchman Quentin Bigot took silver in 78.19. Hungary's Bence Halasz was third in 78.18. Defending champion Gong Lijiao sailed into Thursday's shot put final and expressed her confidence in retaining her title. "I decided to accumulate all my energy for tomorrow's final. I have no pressure going to defend my world title," she said. "My season was great. I had enough strong results and won enough competitions to feel pretty confident." Gong lost just one in 13 competitions this season. (XINHUA)