The University of the West Indies’ Hansle Parchment gave Jamaica an unexpected bronze medal in the men’s 110 metres hurdles at the London Olympics Wednesday evening — the first Olympic sprint hurdles medal ever won by a Jamaican. In doing so, the 22-year old Parchment lowered the National Record to 13.12 seconds (wind -0.3), having already broken the record in the semi-finals. His time is also the record for the English-speaking Caribbean.
A former pupil of Morant Bay High School, Parchment now shares training facilities at the UWI Mona Bowl with the Racers Track Club. He is coached by Usain Bolt’s former coach Fitz Coleman.
Last year he won the gold medal in the same event at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) in a then personal best time of 13.24 second.