DOHA2019| Gold For Gayle

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Tajay Gayle today created history by becoming the first Jamaican long jumper to win a gold medal at the IAAF World Athletics Championships.

The 23-year-old former Papine High School student dismantled a qualify field in Doha, Qatar to win the event in a personal best and word-leading mark of 8.69 metres.

It is also a new national record, eclipsing the 8.62 metres which was held by James Beckford.

Blake, who entered the championship with a personal best of 8.24 metres, struggled during the qualifying round and snuck into the final with the 12th best jump of 7.89 metres.

However, the MVP Track Club athlete took the lead in the final with his first jump of 8.46 metres before setting the lifetime best on his fourth attempt.

He now joins Beckford — who won a silver medal at the 2003 World Championships in Paris — as the only Jamaicans to win a medal in the long jump at the world championships. 

Jeff Henderson of the United States won the silver medal in the event with a mark of 8.39 metres while third went to Juan Miguel Echvarria from Cuba with a leap of 8.34 metres.

Source Jamaica Gleaner

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