His best time ever is 12.94 seconds. It’s also the best time recorded by a Jamaican in the 110m hurdles, but if he has his way, Olympic and World Championships medallist Hansle Parchment will be making some adjustments to that record in the coming months. It’s one of his key ambitions, along with a gold medal, as he floors the pedal towards a new season, with the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro drawing ever closer. Parchment rose from what seemed a lost season at one point to clock 13.03 seconds for second place behind Russian Sergey Shubenkov in the final at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing last August. He simply seems to have a knack for turning up when it matters. Like in London at the 2012 Olympic Games where, out of nowhere, he dropped a then-national record of 13.12 to win a surprise bronze medal, becoming the first Jamaican medallist in the event at this level. His 12.94 was the only bright spark during a miserable year, last year, when injuries and uncertainty were best exhibited in his disappointing fifth-place finish at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. It looked like it was going to be another year of ‘What ifs’ for the 25-year-old from Cashew Bush in St Thomas, when, boom, 13.08 at the National Senior Championships showed he was ready before his Beijing run and confirmed his immense ability! Still, Parchment, though pleased with his medal loot to date, is looking to add something a little shinier to his bounty and is hoping that an encouraging start to his background preparations will bring him closer to his aim of lifting Jamaican sprint hurdles to mind-boggling heights in quite the same way another towering Jamaican did in the straight sprints. “My preparations for the coming season have been much better than previous seasons. I have been feeling good so far. My background training has been going pretty well and even my coach is impressed with the work that is being put in at the moment, so I’m quite pleased, and I feel if we can continue like this, we will have a very good season,” Parchment told The Gleaner during a recent sit-down. “I’m looking forward to just going out there and creating a storm in the hurdles. I feel that If I can do what I have in mind, I can somewhat change the view of hurdling worldwide in Jamaica,” added Parchment. “We have a lot of youngsters coming up right now who are doing really well like Jaheel Hyde, Micahel O’Hara, and Omar McLeod, so I am really looking forward to Jamaica on a whole taking charge in hurdling.” Taking charge, for Parchment, also involves taking down his current personal best. He won’t share the time he has in mind, but it’s there as a constant reminder and source of motivation in the back of his head, on a Post-it on his refrigerator and in a note on his cell phone. He wants to go fast in 2016 – really fast. “I have some time objectives. I’m sure my coach (Fitz Coleman) has time objectives in his head as well. I have scribbled it down. I think about it every day: ‘How am I going to get to this time? How much work I need to put in to get there?’ Parchment shared. “I won’t tell you the time right now, but it’s my personal goal, and I am aiming for that.” Perhaps 12.80 seconds? After all, it is the world record. A wry smile was followed by a telling: “I want to do special things, amazing things.” There’s hardly a bigger stage than the Olympic Games. All things being equal, he will be heading to Rio next year with one eye on the top of the medal podium and another on the clock.
But the City manager did not point the finger at Southgate for playing the influential Stones for every minute of England’s two showpiece friendlies against Germany and Brazil during the international break.“I understand Gareth Southgate. He’s preparing the team for the World Cup in Russia,” said Guardiola, whose side prevailed through goals from Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne.“We demand a lot in the calendar from the players. That is why we have to have a bigger squad.“As managers, we have to take these decisions. I understand he’s taking the decisions for the country.”-Defensive crisis-Guardiola is now short of cover at the back, having already had to press skipper Vincent Kompany into a comeback at the King Power Stadium following a two-month lay-off with a calf injury.But he said: “Nico (Otamendi) was suspended, so that is why we don’t have too many options in defence. We have a problem there because we have a lot of games.“John has been playing well leading the back four, so of course we are going to miss him, like we missed Vincent.”Guardiola knows he will have to rotate his squad in the coming weeks in order to maintain City’s bid for glory on all fronts.“We have to rotate the team, but it is good that we have qualified for the Champions League (knockout stages), even though we still want to finish first in the group,” he said.“To come back with a win after the international break is very pleasing, especially to come here, the way Leicester play in terms of high pressing and the space that has to be covered by our back four.“We did amazingly well. We conceded one chance at the beginning of the first half. We scored two amazing goals and we created a lot of situations where the last pass from the wingers could have been better.“So we have to improve a little bit.”With 11 wins and a draw from their opening 12 league games, City have equalled the record start they made to their 2011-12 title triumph under Roberto Mancini.“In terms of the result, I am very happy because it’s three more points, another victory to keep the distance from the other teams,” said Guardiola, whose side remain eight points clear.– Puel bemoans Kompany leniency –Leicester manager Claude Puel felt aggrieved that referee Graham Scott did not show Kompany a red card in the second minute when he chopped down Jamie Vardy.“It was a red card in my opinion,” said the Frenchman. “That decision changed the face of the game. We would have had an opportunity to score and to play 87 minutes against 10 men.“I think Jamie is the last player. The other players cannot come back on him.“They are a fantastic team with their possession and technique, but it would have been interesting to see how they would have responded if the referee had given him a red card.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City’s manager Pep Guardiola gestures during their match against Leicester City in Leicester, central England on November 18, 2017 © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYLEICESTER, United Kingdom, Nov 19 – Pep Guardiola refused to blame England manager Gareth Southgate for John Stones’ injury absence from Manchester City’s Premier League title charge until the New Year.Stones is expected to be out of action for up to six weeks after damaging a hamstring in City’s 2-0 win at Leicester City on Saturday, leaving Guardiola with some defensive concerns.