Bislett Stadium, Oslo, Norway, 9 June 2016.
The Men’s Triple Jump Diamond Race moved to Europe tonight and the Bislett Games in Oslo. Christian Taylor, the victor in both the opening fixtures of Doha and Eugene, was absent which meant there was the opportunity for some of the world’s other top jumpers to move into a challenging position in the event standings.
With just 3 initial jumps each for the 8 competing athletes to try and secure a top 4 position and 3 extra attempts, it was surprising to find that at the end of Round 1 only 1 of them, former World Champion Teddy Tamgho, surpassed 16 metres with 16.34m. 5 of the jumpers recording a No Jump in the initial round.
Things could only get improve in Round 2, and so they did, as classy Cuban Alexis Copello produced 16.91m to take the lead. Nelson Évora hit 16.38m to take 2nd place, briefly, before Omar Craddock hit 16.48m.
The main action of the competition came in Round 3. Following 2 early No Jumps, World Indoor Silver medallist Max Hess of Germany leapt 16.67m to move 2nd and was closely followed by America’s Chris Benard improving out to 16.66m. Guyana’s Troy Doris recorded his only valid jump, 16.48m, but was out of the top 4 once Omar Craddock hit another valid jump (16.15m) to place 4th in his own right on countback. Commonwealth Champion Godfrey Khtoso Mokoena improved to his best, 16.08m with his 3rd effort. With 1 jump of Round 3 left, the early leader, Teddy Tamgho, was now down in 7th place and looking like missing the cut for the 3rd consecutive Diamond League Meeting. Drawing on all his reserves and experience, though, he bounded out to a season’s best of 16.80m to move into 2nd place and push Craddock down to 5th, and out of the competition, in the process.
The last 3 rounds comprising of just the top 4 athletes, that has been introduced this season in the Diamond League, once again proved a major disappointment. Only Hess improved his mark, just, by 2cm up to 16.69m. There is word, and hope, that the new rule for horizontal jumps and throws will be removed after Rio. Such a change could not come soon enough for athletes and spectators as it aids nothing to the event or performances.
Victory for the ever-consistent Copello (16.98m in Doha, 16.91m in Eugene, 16.91m in Oslo) means he now has 17 points in the Diamond Race, just 3 behind Christian Taylor who returns to the Triple Jump field at the next Diamond League Meeting in Stockholm on June 16.
- Alexis Copello (Cuba) 16.91m
- Teddy Tamgho (France) 16.80m
- Max Hess (Germany) 16.69m
- Chris Benard (USA) 16.66m
- Omar Craddock (USA) 16.48m
- Troy Doris (Guyana) 16.48m
- Nelson Évora (Portugal) 16.38m
- Godfrey Khotso Mokoena (South Africa) 16.08m