After a rather sedate start to the year by usual standards, competitions including several National Indoor Championships held over the weekend and today, Leap Day, produced several notable performances to crank up the volume before the World Indoor Championships in Portland next month.
On Friday in Madrid, Venezuela’s 20 year-old new jumping sensation Yulimar Rojas confirmed her place as the World Leader this winter with a 14.63m effort just 6 cm shy of her season’s best. The following day in Istanbul, Buglaria’s Gabriela Petrova reached 14.32m to go equal 2nd on the World Ranking’s with Ukraine’s Olga Rypakova.
Yesterday’s French Indoor Championships in Aubière saw the long-awaited return to action of World Indoor Record Holder Teddy Tamgho after rupturing his achilles in Doha last May. Tamgho reached out to 16.98m, just 5 cm off Eric Sloan’s (USA) World Lead, to take the title in a close battle with Harold Correa (16.91m) and Benjamin Compaoré, producing his best effort since switching his hopping leg to the right leg with 16.88m.
Tamgho may have been expecting to be top of the European Rankings after his win, but over in Leipzig 19 year-old Max Hess produced a superb 17.00m jump to take the German Indoor title.
But the best was saved until last as earlier today in Nanjing, China, Dong Bin hit a new World Lead of 17.41m in the Chinese National Indoor Grand Prix. With a previous indoor PB of 17.16m from 2013, Dong Bin bettered his outdoor best of 17.38m from 2012.
With the American Indoor Championships still to come, taking place just a week before the World Indoors, things are warming up nicely before Portland and both global Triple Jump finals on March 19th.