Tokyo, 5 August 2021 (dpa/MIA) – Jamaica’s Hansle Parchment shocked favourite Grant Holloway on Thursday to win the 110 metre hurdles at the Tokyo Olympics, while American Ryan Crouser dominated the men’s shot put and Portugal’s Pedro Pichardo took gold in the men’s triple jump.
Parchment, who won bronze in London 2012, came back on the world champion Holloway of the United States at the seventh hurdle to finish in 13.04 seconds.
The American finished in 13.09, barely holding on to silver, with Jamaica’s Ronald Levy finishing 0.01 behind him for bronze.
“There was no intimidation. He is a great competitor,” Parchment, 31, said of defeating pre-race favourite Holloway.
“I knew that he would have taken the lead, he always takes the lead. I don’t know how he gets to the first hurdle so fast. I know that once I am close to the first three hurdles, I would be able to catch him close to the line and I did just that,” the gold medallist said.
Holloway, 23 and competing at his first games, agreed: “Everybody knows I’m going to get out strong. Now it just comes to a point where I’ve got to finish strong.
“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.”
Holloway is the world champion from 2019 and had not lost a race since the summer of 2020. He recently missed the world record by one-hundredth of a second with a run of 12.81.
In the field, Crouser claimed gold in shot put with a best of 23.30 metres, his third Olympic record for the day.
Crouser, 28, staked his claim for gold on his first throw with an Olympic record of 22.83 before throwing 22.93 in his second and bettering it again in his last effort, falling just 7 centimetres short of the world record he set just in June.
He had set the previous Olympic record of 22.52 in Rio.
The podium was an exact repeat of the Rio Games, with fellow American Joe Kovacs taking silver and New Zealand’s Tom Walsh claiming bronze.
Kovacs, 32, threw 22.65, while Walsh, 29, threw a season best of 22.47.
“By the time you get here, the work is already done,” Crouser said.
“My mindset was really good going in … today it was a lot about heat management … The key was getting a big one early. I managed to do that. I had solidified the win by the end so I got a little more aggressive and chased that bigger throw and finally connected with it.”
Pichardo led the long jump wire to wire, but recorded his winning try of 17.98 metres, which also a national record, at the third time of asking.
“It was always one of my dreams to win the Olympic gold. This is what I have been doing since I was six years old. I feel a huge sense of happiness and I still have plenty of dreams ahead of me,” the Portuguese jumper said.
China’s Zhu Yaming jumped a personal best of 17.57 to win silver.
Hugues Fabrice Zango, who also took bronze at the 2019 world championships, won bronze with 17.47 for the first ever Olympic medal for Burkina Faso.
“Everyone in Burkino Faso dreamed of this Olympic medal. This was one of the only chances we had in the next 20 years to win a medal so I had to do it now. I had no other choice, it was a mission for me,” Zango said.
“It’s not the medal I wanted but it’s good for Burkina Faso and it’s historic. Burkina Faso is really happy. Everybody is happy. I think they will throw a great party when I go back,” the jumper said.
American Will Claye, who won two silvers at the last two worlds and Olympics, failed to make the podium but jumped a season best of 17.44.
In semi-final action, Britain clocked the fastest time in the women’s 4×100 with 41.55, followed by the US and Germany. In the men’s 4×100 Jamaica recorded the best time, followed by China and Canada, while the US missed out.