Bedford International Stadium, 19 June 2016.
The future of British Triple Jumping looks good judging by the perfomances shown in Sunday’s U20 England Athletics Championships at Bedford. Not only did 4 of the top 5 jumpers leap PBs during the competition, the top 4 places places went to one 17 year old and three 16 year old jumpers, with the gold and silver medallists both bettering the 14.75m qualifying standard for the forthcoming European Youth Championships in Tblisi.
Victory went to Jude Bright-Davies who recently jumped a windy 15.22m, and took just one jump at Bedford. Leaping 15.39m to better his legal PB of 14.90i from the winter, he moved to the top of the British Junior Rankings and hopefully sealed his selection for Tblisi in the process.
Behind Jude, Wesley Matsuka-Williams went into the contest ranked 6th with a PB of 14.37m from last weekend’s Norfolk County Schools Championships. Since that performance Wesley turned 16 years old on Wednesday and at Bedford he added another 59cm to his lifetime best with a 4th round leap of 14.96m to take silver. He followed this up with further efforts of 14.57m and 14.36m and could prove to be an immense force in the event in the coming years. Another emerging talent, 16 year old Jamil Hassan, jumped 14.46m with his 2nd round leap to add 33cm to his PB. He also leaped 14.22m and 14.34m in taking the bronze medal.
16 year old Emmanuel Odubanjo has jumped 14.56m this season, but had to settle for 4th on Sunday with his opening leap of 14.17m. Jordan Harry only switched to the Triple Jump this year and has consistently increased his PB during competitions from 12.61i in January to a new best of 14.16m in Bedford with his 4th round effort to take 5th place.
South of England U20 Champion Jacob Veerapen took 6th place with his 2nd round leap of 14.04m, while Dami Famakin suffered a bad hamstring pull on his 3rd round effort that prematurely ended his contest after a 1st round foul and 13.71m leap to finish 7th. Hopefully his injury will heal well to allow him to return to the 14.67m form of last winter. Elliott Baines has jumped over 14 metres this season, but his opener of 13.66m was his best of the day for 8th place ahead of Scottish Indoor U17 Champion Aidan Quinn’s 2nd round leap of 13.55m.
1. Jude Bright-Davies (Thames Valley Harriers) 15.39m (+0.8m/s) (PB)
2. Wesley Matsuka-Williams (City Of Norwich) 14.96m (+1.4m/s) (PB)
3. Jamil Hassan (Marshall Milton Keynes) 14.46m (+1.1m/s) (PB)
4. Emmanuel Odubanjo (Sale Harriers Manchester) 14.17m (+0.3m/s)
5. Jordan Harry (Bristol & West) 14.16m (+0.7m/s) (PB)
6. Jacob Veerapen (Sutton & District) 14.04m (+1.1m/s)
7. Dami Famakin (Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow) 13.71m (+1.2m/s)
8. Elliott Baines (Seaton) 13.66m (+0.9m/s)
9. Aidan Quinn (Glasgow School of Sport) 13.56m (+0.6m/s)