Heartbreak For Cork Teen In World U20 Long Jump Final

Heartbreak For Cork Teen In World U20 Long Jump Final
By PJ Browne

Reece Ademola finished fifth in the long jump final at the World U20 Athletics Championships in Cali, Colombia on Tuesday.

The 19-year-old jumped 7.83m with the opening effort of the final. It was a new personal best, and new Irish U20 record for Ademola. He subsequently hit the sand at 7.79m, and 7.76m, but could not better his opening leap.

The Cork athlete was in the medal positions until the sixth and final round of the competition when Brazil's Gabriel Luiz Boza - who finished fourth at the 2021 championships - jumped 7.90m to take the bronze medal. Curtis Williams of the USA subsequently also went further than Ademola to finish fourth.

For the second consecutive year, the gold medal was won by France's Erwan Konate, this time with a leap of 8.08m, while Cuba's Alejandro Parada finished second with 7.91m.

Ademola's leap was 7cm further than the one which saw him qualify for the final. That effort on Monday night broke the 27-year-old Irish U20 record which was held by Ciaran McDonagh.

7.83m puts Ademola at number three on the all-time Irish senior list. Only Adam McMullen with 7.99m, and Ciaran McDonagh with the Irish senior record on 8.07m, have jumped further.

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Reece Ademola sets new Irish U20 long jump record

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