BEIJING, China:As all three Jamaicans prepare to compete in today’s 110m hurdles semi-final, Olympic bronze-medal winner and national record holder, Hansle Parchment, believes it will take a sub-13 seconds effort to win gold in the event at the IAAF World Championships.Meanwhile, Andrew Riley, the Commonwealth champion, is hoping to make amends for the seventh-hurdle disaster he suffered in Moscow at the last World Championships, as he crashed out when looking destined for a medal.Parchment, whose 12.94 seconds remains the national record – despite being threatened by Omar McLeod, who clocked 12.97 to win at the National Senior Championships – is convinced he will have to test his mark himself if he is to win gold at the championships.The towering Jamaican clocked 13.33 seconds to win his heat yesterday, the fastest time among the Jamaicans.McLeod recovered from some early trouble to finish strongly in second, clocking 13.43, the same time done by Riley, who also finished second in his heat.Tough competition”I believe all the guys are gunning for very fast times and it’s going to be a tough competition. For the finals, I believe that there is a high possibility that the winner will run under 13 seconds,” Parchment told The Gleaner.”It was a pretty good first race after so long. There are still a few things to work on, especially relating to my technique and so on, but once I can get these things going, then the next round should be better,” added Parchment, before summing up his chances.”It’s an open field and anyone can win. There is no clear person and I feel I am among the group of athletes that can get on top. I am keeping my confidence up. I’m ready to give my best effort,” said Parchment.He noted being in good physical condition after what was only his first run since the National Senior Championships in June.Riley, whose heat was delayed for several minutes after American Ronnie Ash and Slovak Petr Svoboda were ejected for false starts with the former holding up the race in dispute of the decision, said a medal in Beijing would mean everything to him, especially given his disappointments two years ago.”It would mean a lot. In the last World Championships when I was in the mix and I ran into the seventh hurdle, I was really disappointed, but at the end of the day, you just have to keep on going and hope that one day your time will come,” Riley said, before admitting to watching replays of that race repeatedly in the past.”Earlier in the season, I had some hiccups, but now my training is going well. But anything can happen in the 110m hurdles, it’s 42 inches, so I just have to prepare myself to attack each hurdle,” said Riley.The men’s 110m hurdles semi-finals face the starter today at 6:05 a.m.- A.L.
How to help the Taal evacuees Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMapua finally snapped an 11-game losing skid and eliminated St. Benilde from the Final Four race with a 79-69 win in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Laurenz Victoria and Denniel Aguirre teamed up for the Cardinals’ 14-1 finishing salvo, holding the Blazers scoreless in the final 3:23.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s been a long time,” quipped coach Atoy Co as he entered the press room for the first time this season.“I made a good decision today and I just stayed to the six players who are playing, and luckily, they were able to produce.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogVictoria uncorked seven of his 19 points in the payoff period, to go with seven assists, and four rebounds, while Aguirre added 15 markers, eight of which coming in the fourth frame, on top of nine boards and two dimes as Mapua finally tasted a victory for the first time since beating Letran, 78-75, last July 11.JP Nieles, Cedric Pelayo, and Leo Gabo all had 11 points apiece, while Christian Buñag collared 16 rebounds to go with his six markers in the victory. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Woods back on the course in a cart, uncertain about future Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Already out of the playoff race, the Cardinals (2-12) also sent the Blazers (3-11) to an early vacation with still four games left in their schedule.Clement Leutcheu topped St. Benilde with 18 points and nine rebounds, while rookie Unique Naboa got 12 markers and three boards in the loss.The Scores:MAPUA 79 – Victoria 19, Aguirre 15, Gabo 11, Nieles 11, Pelayo 11, Buñag 6, Estrella 3, Orquina 2, Raflores 1.ST. BENILDE 69 – Leutcheu 18, Naboa 12, San Juan 11, Domingo 6, Dixon 5, Belgica 4, Johnson 4, Pili 3, Castor 2, Sta. Maria 2, Mercado 2.Quarters: 20-17, 37-42, 53-55, 79-69.ADVERTISEMENT DAY6 is for everybody LATEST STORIES Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments