Parchment has more left in tank – Coleman
Fitz Coleman, coach of Olympic 110m hurdles gold medallist Hansle Parchment, says the Jamaican athlete has “more in the tank” and could possibly compete at the 2024 Olympics in Paris, France.
The respected track and field coach and hurdles specialist, who was head coach of the World Athletics High Performance Training Centre for four years, made the assessment while pointing to injuries that have affected the career of Parchment for years.
“He still has a few more seasons in him,” Coleman said. “At his current age (31), he’d now be looking at the slope going down at this stage, especially in this event. Most people’s lifespan in this event is four years. The rate of dominance is one that turns very fast,” said Coleman.
Continuing his analysis, Coleman, the current track and field coach at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, says that years of injuries have extended Parchment’s durability.
“The thing is this. He’s 31 chronologically, but athletically, he’s about 25 years old. Because of the level of setbacks that he’s had, he’s not banged up. He still has a lot more in store,” he said, pointing to a period that would extend the opportunity of both to accomplish more.
Parchment, who won gold in the Olympic final in 13.04 seconds to get the better of the United States’ Grant Holloway, 13.09 seconds, and Jamaica’s Ronald Levy, 13.10 seconds, had his Olympic journey threatened due to injury, a stress fracture.
That happened in February and kept Parchment off track until May, during which time his training was restricted to the gym and the pool. Coleman related that while training in the pool, “the buoyancy of the water took the pressure off the foot”, and that significantly aided his recovery, which was fast-tracked by a tweaked programme.
The pre-Olympics setback was one in a series of incidents that affected Parchment’s fitness as Coleman noted that “since 2016, and even before”, Parchment’s progress had been stalled.
Those injuries, Coleman reasons, may now prove to be a blessing in disguise in prolonging the hurdler’s career beyond the general lifespan of those track and field technicians.
“He can possibly go to the next Olympics,” Coleman said. “He’s in that kind of physical shape where he can do that.”
Coleman also congratulated Jamaica’s other Olympians who have already participated in the Tokyo Games, and wished the other athletes with events to come before Sunday’s close the best of luck.