On Sunday, 22nd May, Rabat in Morocco is the host of the first ever IAAF Diamond League Meeting to be held in Africa. The programme of events includes round 2 of 7 in the Women’s Triple Jump, which could also be billed as round 2 of this summer’s duals between Colombia’s Caterine Ibarguen and Venezuela’s Yulimar Rojas. Their first battle of the year came in Doha’s Diamond League Meeting, with Ibarguen stretching her unbeaten record to 32 competitions with the current World Lead of 15.04m, despite earlier falling behind Rojas new National Record of 14.79m. With the Venezuelan World Indoor Champion also recording a windy 14.92w that day, she will have an even stronger belief than she took into Doha of her abilities and could push the World Outdoor Champion even closer this time around. Disappointingly, despite their epic dual in Doha, the event is early in the programme of events at 4.15 pm (BST), ahead of live coverage of the meeting available on British Eurosport 2 from 5 pm.
Also in the field is Greece’s Paraskevi Papachristou who finished 5th in Doha with 14.26m, her year’s best after recording 14.21m indoors during the winter and taking bronze at the World Indoor Championships in Portland. She is showing a steady return to form this year, heading back towards the ability that took her out to 14.72m as a 22 year-old in 2011, and will look to improve further in Rabat in the hope of challenging for a podium spot in Rio.
Portugal’s Susana Costa makes her first Diamond League appearance of the season. Having reached 14.32m last year she’ll want to challenge for a top 4 finish, and 3 extra jumps, in Rabat along with fellow national Patrícia Mamona, who hit the same mark in the winter of 2015 and has a PB pf 14.52m set when taking Silver in the 2012 European Championships in Helsinki. Joëlle Mbumi of Cameroon has won Triple Jump Gold at the African Games for the last 2 years. Despite turning 30 later this week, she is still improving every year and will look for another progression this season on her PB of 14.16m from last summer. Completing the field is Tetyana Ptashkina of Ukraine. Ptasjkina took bronze at last year’s European U23 Championships in Tallinn, Estonia, where she recorded her PB of 14.08m in the qualification round and will be looking to challenge the Olympic Qualifying Standard of 14.15m in Rabat on Sunday.
Women’s Triple Jump Line-Up (with outdoor PBs/2016 Diamond League Points):
Caterine Ibarguen (Colombia) 15.31m/10
Yulimar Rojas (Venezeula) 14.79m/6
Paraskevi Papachristou (Greece) 14.72m/2
Patrícia Mamona (Portugal) 14.52m/0
Susana Costa (Portugal) 14.32m/0
Joëlle Mbumi (Cameroon) 14.16m/0
Tetyana Ptashkina (Ukraine) 14.08m/0