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A reserved 23-year-old product of St. Thomas parish on the eastern end of the island, Hansle Parchment is propelled by his passion for track and field and a mindset to succeed. He is humble and enjoys competing in and watching track and field, hanging out with his friends, listening to music and watching a game of football.
In primary school, Parchment was an all-rounder, not focusing on any one sport, and became interested in racing after attending just one sports day in his second year at Morant Bay High School. That event was the factor; he joined the school’s track team that year and began specializing in the 110m hurdles the following year, eventually representing his school at the Jamaica Boys and Girls track and field championships (Champs) and the Penn Relays.
The talented youth was intent on migrating after high school to study and pursue track; however, a full scholarship to the University of the West Indies in 2009 changed his mind. His ultimate goal is to become a physiotherapist with his own business.
Throughout the last five years, Parchment’s times have been progressing steadily. He clocked 13.95 at the 2007 World Youth games, Ostrava, Czech Republic; 13.71 at the 2010 Commonwealth, India; and 13.24 at the 2011 World University Games in Shenzen, China and was no longer below the radar.
An so, in May 2012, the usually quiet Parchment made a bold statement about his intention when he snatched the men’s 110m hurdles at the Jamaica International Invitational, an IAAF World Challenge meet in Kingston, beating a quality field that included two strong Americans and seriously lowering his World University Games personal best (PB) to 13.19secs. That time made him the third fastest Jamaican of all times in the event but was soon lowered when he claimed the national title in new PB of 13.18 at the Olympic Trials.
By June 2013, Parchment, who is inspired by former world record holder Dayron Robles of Cuba, lowered his PB twice: first with a 13.12 run for bronze behind the American pair of Aries Merritt and Jason Richardson at the London 2012 Olympics and then to 13.05 a year later at the Oregon Prefontaine Classic. And he continued to own the Jamaica record.
Injury stuck him at the Jamaica 2013 Trials, putting him out of competition until the Moscow World Championships some weeks later. However, his dream of improving the quality of his Olympic medal came crashing down, when he fell in his semi-final race after hitting the ninth hurdle.