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Great Scenes As Diminutive 17-Year-Old Defies Gravity In The High Jump

Great Scenes As Diminutive 17-Year-Old Defies Gravity In The High Jump
By PJ Browne Updated

South African Breyton Poole won the high jump at the World U18 Athletics Championships in Nairobi on Saturday.

The 17-year-old, who was far shorter than many of his opponents at just 5' 7", won the competition after clearing 2.16m with his second attempt.

Despite having won the competition, Poole still had enough spring in his legs to entertain the crowd. Not happy with his 2.16m effort, he continued to jump.

After setting a new PB by clearing 2.20m, Poole moved onto 2.24m.

At his third attempt, Poole cleared the height to joyous scenes.

Going into the competition, he had a PB of 2.18m. He finished the event having smashed it by 6cm.

The reaction of his parents after he had cleared 2.20m was a particular highlight of his performance.

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