The battle for places on the American Olympic Triple Jump team looks like being an epic battle this year and an early indication of just how close it could be in Eugene, at the Olympic Trials in early July, became evident at the Drakes Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, today.
In extremely wet conditions, Chris Benard took victory with his fourth round effort of 16.87m ahead of Chris Carter, who had lead with his first round 16.77m. Troy Doris of Guyana, who had hit a windy 17.10 in Nassau 2 weeks ago, jumped 16.71m for 3rd just 1 cm ahead of Will Clay making his first appearance of the season. Marquis Dendy suffered run-up problems and had to settle for 6th with 16.15m, just 1 cm behind fellow American Donald Scott.
1. Chris Benard (USA) 16.87w (+2.1m/s)
2. Chris Carter (USA) 16.77m (+0.3m/s)
3. Troy Doris (Guyana) 16.71m (+1.4m/s)
4. Will Clay (USA) 16.70m (+2.0m/s)
5. Donald Scott (USA) 16.16m (+1.1m/s)
6. Marquis Dendy (USA) 16.15m (+1.6m/s)
7. Leevan Sands (Bahamas) 15.98m (+0.6m/s)
8. Joshua Honeycutt (USA) 15.71m (+1.8m/s)