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Monster Leap Wins Long Jump Gold For Jamaican At World Champs

Monster Leap Wins Long Jump Gold For Jamaican At World Champs

Tajay Gayle claimed Jamaica's first ever World Athletics Championships field event gold medal on Saturday night.

The 23-year-old won the long jump with a leap of 8.69m. It was the longest wind legal jump in ten years.

The field was one of high quality, featuring Olympic gold medallist Jeff Henderson, favourite and world indoor champion Juan Manuel Echevarría and 2017 world champion Luvo Manyonga.

Gayle took control of the competition with his opening attempt of 8.46m. That would have been enough to win ahead of Henderson's second placed attempt of 8.39m and bronze medallist Echevarría with 8.34m.

It was with his fourth attempt of the competition that Gayle stunned what has passed for a crowd in Doha. His jump of 8.69m is the 20th longest ever. His new personal best also puts him at number ten on the all-time list.

"I was just focused on one thing," said Gayle.

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"I did not let anything disturb or distract me. Yesterday (in qualifying) I was overthinking stuff. But there is nothing to think about on the run up. The 8.69m was a perfect jump for me. I am very grateful for that.

"I do not know how I will celebrate tonight, maybe watch a movie."

 

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