Carey McLeod of Jamaica clinched victory in the men’s long jump at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston on Sunday, setting a meeting record.
McLeod achieved a distance of 8.20m on his first attempt, securing the win by an 18cm margin over Britain’s Jacob Fincham-Dukes (8.02m), with Ju’Vaughn Harrison (7.87m), the 2021 US champion, finishing in third place.
Despite the stiff competition, McLeod, who participated in the Tokyo Olympics in both the long jump and triple jump, expressed confidence, stating, “I can’t be nervous because I’ve been on the world stage.”
He emphasised his approach to treat the event like any other practice session, free from pressure.
In another event, Jamaica’s Ackeem Blake narrowly lost the men’s 60m race by just one hundredth of a second to US sprinter Noah Lyles, who secured a victory with a time of 6.44 seconds.
Lyles, known for his dominance in the 200m, declared his ambition to target a world title in the 60m sprint discipline at the upcoming World Athletics Championships in Glasgow.
Ackeem Blake lost by one hundredth of a second with a time of 6.45.
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