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Hibbert ready to go again after injury scare

Published:Thursday | May 19, 2022 | 12:12 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer
Jaydon Hibbert.
Jaydon Hibbert.

JEREMY DELISSER, coach of Jamaica’s top junior triple jumper, Jaydon Hibbert, says his young charge is now back in training and preparing for the National Junior Trials after a number of niggling injuries that affected his performance at the recently held Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Hibbert, who is the top junior in the world this year with a mark of 16.66 metres, won the triple jump at the Penn Relays last month with a mark of 15.94 despite experiencing pain in his right ankle and knee.

Delisser said the vastly talented Hibbert, who took some time off to heal after a gruelling season in which he also secured victories at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships and at the Carifta Games, is now refreshed.

“He has gotten some rest, and so he is doing much better,” said Delisser.

“It (injury) wasn’t anything serious, I think it was just three heavy back-to-back competitions and I think it (injury) was coming from the efforts at Carfita,” he said.

“He has started back training now, and he is doing okay. We are getting up gradually into full training, and we are not rushing anything at the moment, but he is fine,” Delisser said.

The multitalented Hibbert is ranked second in the world in the long jump with a mark of 7.87m. Johnny Brackins of the United States is the world leader with 8.06m.

DECISION WILL BE MADE CLOSE TO DATE

Delisser added that he is not sure if Hibbert will be doing the double at the Trials, but as they move closer to the event, slated for June 23-26 at the National Stadium, they will make a decision on it.

“He is definitely looking forward to the Trials, but fortunately, he has already qualified for the World Junior standards, so he has a little bit of a luxury where that is concerned,” he said.

“Clearly, he has to go to the Trials and perform, and that is the intention for him to go there and give a good account of himself, and then we will take it from there,” Delisser said.

“As it is now, he will be doing the triple jump. We are a little undecided where the long jump is concerned. We will have to look at various factors, and then we will make a decision closer to the Trials,” said the vastly experienced coach.