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No joy for long jumper Damar Forbes

Published:Sunday | May 17, 2015 | 5:26 AM

Three-time national champion, Damar Forbes, was unable finished a disappointing ninth in the long jump at the Shanghai Diamond meeting today.

Throughout the competition Forbes struggled to register a decent jump.

The 24-year-old looked uncomfortable and lacked rhythm all evening, finishing with a best leap of 7.52m which was not good enough to make the top 8 berth which would have enabled him to register a further three jumps.
 
The youngster was always up against it having two early leaps chalked off and his season's best of 8.17 metres looked like a distant memory as he fell behind the pack early in Shanghai.

The competition was won by Russian Aleksandr Menkov, who pipped Jeff Henderson with a jump of 8.27m on his fifth jump to beat the American by 0.01m.

Olympic champion, Greg Rutherford, from Great Britain came in seventh place with a jump of 8.05m to record his season's best.