Preview: 2016 Birmingham IAAF Diamond League Meeting

The 4th competition in the Women’s Triple Jump Diamond League Race takes place in Birmingham, England, tomorrow just 3 days after the last event in Italy. 7 of the athletes from the Rome field compete tomorrow along with Britain’s top jumper, Laura Samuel, with the hope that competing on her home track against the world’s best will help push Laura out beyond the Olympic Qualifying Standard of 14.15m.

Having survived a minor scare in Rome, where her 4-year unbeaten streak looked under threat going into her 3rd attempt, Caterine Ibarguen goes to Birmingham knowing that she can still take nothing for granted in every competition she enters. Victory in Rome with 14.78m came ahead of Olympic Champion Olga Rypakova’s 14.51m and Jamaica’s Shanieka Thomas’s 14.46m. Both of these jumpers will be on display and challenging in Birmingham along with Commonwealth Champion Kimberly Williams, who opened her season with 14.38m on Thursday and will hope to push for a podium spot tomorrow.

There’s no Yulimar Rojas in the field, who will be away trying to rectify technical difficulties shown in her last 2 appearances that have seen an alarming decline in her early form of the year. However, another young rising star of the event, Cuba’s Liadagmis Povea, starts aiming to get close to her early season 14.56m after a 14.33w in Rome.

Completing the field are European Champion Olha Saladukha of Ukraine, following a disappointing 14.18m on Thursday, and Greece’s Paraskevi Papachristou who could only manage 14.01m in Rome despite encouraging results both indoors and out earlier this year.

The Women’s Triple Jump starts at 1.27pm (BST) with live coverage of the Diamond League Meeting from 1.30pm on BBC1.

Women’s Triple Jump Line-Up (with outdoor PBs/2016 Diamond League Points):
Caterine Ibarguen (Colombia) 15.31m/30
Olga Rypakova (Kazakhstan) 15.25m/10
Olha Saladukha (Ukraine) 14.99m/1
Paraskevi Papachristou (Greece) 14.72m/8
Kimberly Williams (Jamaica) 14.62m/3
Shanieka Thomas (Jamaica) 14.57m/5
Liadagmis Povea (Cuba) 14.56m/2
Laura Samuel (GB) 14.09m/0


Written by iTripleJump

A Triple Jumper for over 35 years - from an over-hopping junior to a county-level senior - I still enjoy jumping in national and international Masters competitions in the event that has gripped me since my first hop, step and jump onto a springless PE mat. Waiting for that perfect jump. That one perfect jump ...

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