Jamaica's Hansle Parchment wins shock men’s 110m hurdles gold

The Jamaican beats world champion Grant Holloway to the line in a thrilling final. Holloway wins silver and Jamaica's Ronald Levy bronze. 

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Hansle Parchment of Jamaica has won a surprise gold medal in the men's 110m hurdles final, finishing the race in 13.05 seconds to take the Olympic title.

Parchment blazed past strong favourite Grant Holloway, the USA's world champion and second-fastest man ever in the event, to take cause one of the biggest upsets of Tokyo 2020. Holloway, who started fast but was run down over the final two hurdles, came home second in 13.09 seconds with a Jamaican athlete taking a second spot on the podium after Ronald Levy finished third in 13.10.

The 31-year-old Parchment, who came second in the 2015 world championships in Beijing and third at London 2012, now has a second Olympic medal to add to his trophy cabinet. However, this one will surely take pride of place as the 195cm-tall Jamaican secured a memorable victory at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.

The new Olympic champion was elated after the race: "The greatest feeling, the greatest feeling," he said. "I’ve worked so hard. It’s unbelievable that I caught this guy (Grant Holloway). I’m really grateful.

"Certainly. There are so many here, Grant here for instance, and that’s a motivation for me. I even sat and watched (other athletes) to improve how I take my training times.

"I don’t think a lot of people expected me to win."

Holloway, who maintained his beaming smile after the race despite finishing second, expressed his happiness at winning an Olympic medal, even though it wasn't the result he had hoped for.

“Everybody knows I’m going to get out strong. Now it just comes to a point where I’ve got to finish strong.

“I did it once when I was two shaves (0.02s) off the world record so I know I can do it.

“I just think the nerves, the big atmosphere got the best of me a little bit. 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.”