Barbados’ Akela Jones jumped a disappointing 6.09 today at the IAAF Junior Athletics Championships in Barcelona, Spain, to crash out of her pet long jump event.
Jones, who set a junior national record of 6.36 just weeks ago, finished eighth in the event as the seven jumpers ahead of her all advanced to the next round. Neither the fifth, sixth nor seventh qualifier reached Jones’ national record mark.
Barbados had further disappointment in the morning session when both Janeil Craig and Nicoliai Bovelle failed to advance in the javelin throw. Craig threw a distance of 66.10 to finish 15th, while Nicoliai Bovelle had a throw of 67.39 that earned him 9th position. Trinidad and Tobago’s Keshorn Walcott (74.54) and Australia’s Luke Cann (74.54) had the longest throws in the morning session and advanced.
Barbados’ 400 meters hurdler Kion Joseph ran a personal best of 51.51 seconds in his heat but it was not good enough to see him advance to the finals. He finished sixth running out of lane 8 with Eddie Futch of the US (50.77) and Mitja Lindic of Slovenia (50.81) running one-two in the race.
There were tears of joy in the final of the women’s triple Jump for the home fans when Spain’s Ana Peleteiro conquered the first gold medal for the host country since Concepcion Montaner’s long Jump win back in 2000. There were also tears of despair for Liuba M Zaldivar of Cuba, the world leader at 13.91 before the final who had to settle for bronze in what proved to be a wonderful competition.
Dovil? Dzindzaletait? of Lithuania, second best in the field at 13.72 before the event started, may not have shared any tears, her performance was worthy of the fabulous show as she claimed her country’s fourth medal in the history of the championships, a silver. (WG/IAAF)