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Triple jumper Scott takes blame for second-place finish in Texas

BY DWAYNE RICHARDS
Observer writer

Saturday, June 15, 2019

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AT the end of a grueling triple jump competition at the NCAA Division 1 Outdoor Track and Field Championships held at the Mike A Myers Stadium at the University of Texas in Austin, second-place finisher Jordan Scott held his hand up and took full responsibility for finishing one short of the top spot.

The Jamaican could easily have blamed the “gods” for conspiring against him or come up with some other more reasonable explanation that would have exonerated him from blame, but the University of Virginia athlete stood tall and shouldered the responsibility.

“I think it was a good showing, (but) overall it was a really bad technical day,” said the 21-year-old.

Scott won the ACC triple jump title in May with a distance of 17.37m (+2.6m wind) and 17.08m (legal wind) that made him the best jumper in the USA and certainly set him up as a heavy favourite to land the NCAA title. That, along with the fact that he was the NCAA Indoor champion as well.

The former Campion College athlete is certainly a man for the big occasion and at championships led the way for most of the contest.

At the end of his personal sequence, the Virginia junior had done as much as he could possibly do. He was the only athlete that had jumped 17m with a best of 17.01m and he was at the top of the leaderboard.

There was only one jumper left and one jump, so what could possibly go wrong for the Jamaican? Chengetayi Mapayi of Zimbabwe.

The TCU sophomore produced a fantastic lifetime best jump of 17.13m to usurp Scott and claim first place in a competition that had produced lots of drama for the fans at that corner of the stadium.

While he failed to add the outdoor title to his indoor title, Scott, who began his athletics career at Our Lady of the Angels Prep school, is not dwelling on that mishap and is already looking forward to returning to Jamaica to treat the fans in his country to some superb jumping next week.

“I had a lot of jumps behind the board, I had to do a lot of adjusting so it's just back to the drawing board to get ready for the National Senior Championships in a few days,” he explained.

He also gave credit to Mapayi for the challenge he put up to get the win in the end.

“Overall, I think it was very good because I put up a good fight, kudos to the guy who beat me on his last jump, but yes it's just back to the drawing board.”

The National Championships will take place June 20-23 at the National Stadium.


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