Athlete To Watch — Wayne Pinnock

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

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Kingston College (KC) schoolboy Wayne Pinnock has been soaring to another level both in the long jump pit and over the 110m hurdles all season, and has left tongues wagging and eyes popping with his outstanding displays.

The 18-year-old Pinnock has been one of the shining stars throughout the development meets and should be one to watch at Digicel Grand Prix final at the G C Foster College this Saturday.

The talented athlete, who won the long jump bronze medal at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Finland last year with 7.90m, became the first schoolboy to soar past the coveted eight-metre barrier not once, but twice.

However, his jumps of 8.14m (+3.9 mps) done of February 23 at the Gibson McCook Relays, and 8.10m (+2.7 mps) last Saturday at the Digicel/Anthrick Corporate Area Championships were not legal, as the tailwind surpassed the allowable 2.0 mps.

But nevertheless, it shows he is ready to deliver something special, and that could be at the Digicel Grand Prix final on Saturday.

The Class One long jump record is 7.87m, held by Leon Gordon of Wolmer's Boys' since 1993. Pinnock's best is 7.99m and he jumped 7.86m on February 9.

Fans are anxiously awaiting that legal historic jump beyond eight metres and, based on what he has been doing all season, Pinnock should achieve that feat.

The versatile athlete is the favourite for the Class One 110m hurdles, especially since not much has been seen of record holder Dejour Russell of Calabar.

Pinnock has been awesome all season, going unbeaten while establishing his personal best of 13.46 seconds twice. He opened his season at the Central Hurdles and Relays at G C Foster on January 19, clocking 14.01 (+0.3 mps), and followed that up with 13.95 into a massive headwind of (-5.2 mps) at The Queen's/Grace Jackson meet on January 26.

Then on February 2 at the Youngster Goldsmith, Pinnock raced to 13.46 (0.0 mps) and he did it again at the Corporate Area Championship, this time into a headwind of -2.2 mps.

Dejour Russell's Champs record of 13.10 established last year will be difficult to erase.

If Russell is fit, then fans could be in for one of the races of the season with Pinnock and his teammate Ackeem Cargill, who has also been impressive.

—Howard Walker

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