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Pinnock shatters long jump record at Penn Relays

Monday, April 30, 2018

PHILADELPHIA, USA — Kingston College's (KC) Wayne Pinnock shattered the Penn Relays high school boys' long jump record on Saturday after he jumped 7.88m (0.5m/s) as Jamaicans swept all three jump events at the 124th staging of the Penn Relays Carnival at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, USA.

Cornwall College's Owayne Owens won the triple jump with a season's best 15.26m (-0.3m/s) in a mild upset after St Jago High's Lushane Wilson had retained his high jump title on Friday.

Pinnock, who jumped an eye-popping 7.99m at the G C Foster Classic in March before winning the Class One event at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys' Championships with 7.77m, is the first Jamaican to win the event since 2015, when Jullianie Walker of Calabar tasted success.

He passed the record on his very first attempt, smashing the 7.69m held by former Calabar High athlete Maurice Wignall since 1994 and followed up with jumps of 7.72m (1.5m/s), a wind-aided 7.75m (3.1m/s) then a 7.54m effort before passing on his final two jumps.

Calabar High's Alexander Thompson was second with 7.47m (1.3m/s) with Frank Royal of St Christopher's of Richmond, Virginia, third with a wind-aided 7.42m (2.4m/s).

Shaquille Lowe of KC was fifth with 7.15m, while Wolmer's Boys' Daniel Bogle was sixth with 7.13m and St Jago's Kavion Kerr 10th with 6.63m.

Owens, the fifth-place finisher at last year's IAAF World Youth Championships in Nairobi, Kenya, exorcised some demons with his best performance of the year after he missed a medal at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys' Champs, finishing fourth with a best jump of 14.80m.

After being ranked 11th coming into the event he jumped in the first flight and led with 15.17m after the first round before Jamaica College's Safin Willis pulled close with a wind-aided 15.14m (2.6m/s).

The Cornwall College jumper, however, managed his best jump on the final attempt to secure his school's second title in four years after Odaine Lewis had won the first in 2015.

Jamaica College's Apalos Edwards was fifth with 14.72m and his teammate Malik Cunningham seventh with 14.63m.