At the SEC Championships in Baton Rouge on Saturday, Jamaican triple jumper Jaydon Hibbert impressed with a standout performance.
Although he had only participated in three outdoor triple jump competitions this year, Hibbert, the world Under-20 champion, maintained his excellent form from the indoor season.
He leaped 17.02m in his opening jump and then broke the world Under-20 record with a jump of 17.87m (1.3m/s) in round two, despite using a 12-stride run-up.
Before this year, Volker Mai held the world Under-20 record with a distance of 17.50m, which he set in 1985.
However, Hibbert broke this record with a jump of 17.54m indoors, and his 17.87m jump in Baton Rouge could now stand as the outdoor world Under-20 record, subject to ratification.
Meanwhile, Carey McLeod, Hibbert’s Arkansas teammate, finished seventh with a jump of 15.47m.
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Arkansas enjoyed a one-two finish, as Ryan Brown achieved a personal best of 16.43m to secure second place, and Christian Edwards of Alabama came in third with a jump of 16.22m.
Jamaican field eventers also had an excellent day, with Wayne Pinnock winning the men’s long jump with a distance of 8.37m, and Roje Stona securing the discus with a personal best of 68.64m, his third of the year.
In the sprint hurdles, Alia Armstrong, the NCAA outdoor champion, and Ackera Nugent, the NCAA indoor champion from Jamaica, had a closely contested race.
Armstrong won her 100m hurdles heat with a wind-assisted time of 12.31 (2.2m/s) and went on to secure the final with a legal personal best of 12.40, just beating Nugent, who also achieved a personal best of 12.43.
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