Reece Ademola set a new Irish U20 long jump record as he qualified for the final at the World U20 Championships in Cali, Colombia on Monday.
The 19-year-old Cork athlete jumped 7.76m in the opening round as he finished top of his qualifying group. He qualified fourth overall.
Ademola breaks Irish U20 long jump record
Alejandro Parada of Cuba (7.95m), Mattia Furlani of Italy (7.85m), and Erwan Konate of France (7.80m) were those to jump further than the Leevale teenager.
The effort improved on Ademola's personal best of 7.68m which was set at the Cork City Sports in July, and it broke the previous Irish U20 record of 7.73m which was set by Ciaran McDonagh 27 years ago.
Ademola moves up to number four on the all-time Irish senior list. The Irish senior record of 8.07m was set by McDonagh in 2005.
The long jump final gets underway at 10:16pm (Irish time) on Tuesday, August 2nd. The World U20 Championships are being streamed live on the World Athletics YouTube channel.
🚨NATIONAL U20 RECORD🚨
Reece Ademola has qualified (q) for the World Championship Mens Long Jump Final🙌
Ademola secured a NEW PB of 7.76m, setting a NEW Record and the 4th place spot on the Irish All Time List
— Athletics Ireland (@irishathletics) August 1, 2022