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Hibbert breaks 38-year-old World under-20 record

Published:Sunday | May 14, 2023 | 1:50 AMRaymond Graham - Gleaner Writer
Jamaica’s Jaydon Hibbert in action at the 50th Carifta Games in Nassau, Bahamas.
Jamaica’s Jaydon Hibbert in action at the 50th Carifta Games in Nassau, Bahamas.

FORMER KINGSTON College jumper Jaydon Hibbert was on fire in Baton Rouge yesterday on the final day of competion of the South East Conference Division One Collegiate Track and Field Championships, producing a world-leading mark of 17.87 metres to win the men’s triple jump final.

His effort put him ahead of previous world leader Hugues Fabrice Zango of Burkina Faso, with 17.81 metres .

Hibbert, competing for the University of Arkansas, also broke the world under-20 and facilty records, becoming the second best ever Jamaican in the event.

The world under-20 record was previously held by East Germany’s Volker Mai at 17.50, done all the way back in 1985.

Former Jamaica College jumper Apalos Edwards, competing for home team Louisanna State University, was fifth with 16.01 metres, while Hibbert’s teammates, Wayne Pinnock, 15.92, and Carey McLeod, 15.47, ended sixth and seventh.

PINNOCK’S PERSONAL BEST

On Friday’s second day of the competition, Pinnock posted a personal best in the long jump and the world number-two mark with an 8.37-metre leap to win the event. McLeod was second with 8.14, while Jordan Turner, representing the University of Kentucky, was sixth with 7.79. Shakwon Coke, also representing the University of Arkansas, was eighth with 7.67 metres.

Sprint hurdler Ackera Nugent was second in a very competitive women’s 100-metre hurdles in a season’s best and world number four time of 12.43 seconds. Alia Armstrong, representing LSU, won the event in 12.40, while world leader Massi Russell of the University of Kentucky had to settle for third in 12.47 seconds.