RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – A former Razorback earned a gold medal on Tuesday at the Olympics in Rio.
Omar McLeod, 22, running for Team Jamaica, took first place in the men’s 110 meter hurdles with a time of 13.05s to bring home his country’s first gold medal in the event..Click here to watch.
The Arkansas Democrat Gazette’s Bob Holt reports that McLeod still lives and trains in Fayetteville. He says McLeod is the first Razorback male athlete to win an individual Olympic gold medal since Mike Conley won the triple jump in 1992.
McLeod was a four-time NCAA champion while at the University of Arkansas, according to Holt..
As a Razorback, McLeod was also NCAA indoor champion in the 60m hurdles in 2014 and 2015 and outdoor champion in the 110m hurdles in 2015; He turned professional after the 2015 collegiate season, forgoing his two remaining years of collegiate eligibility. His personal best in the 110m hurdles (12.97 seconds) ranks him 15th on the world all-time list.
American/Nigerian Antwon Hicks, 23, who grew up in Hot Springs and attended Hot Springs High School, also competed in the 110m hurdles semifinals Tuesday night in Rio but his time of 14:26 kept him from moving on to the finals.