O'Brien Wasome sets world-leading triple jump mark at Longhorn Invitational

By March 07, 2021
Wasome currently holds the world-leading mark in the triple jump Wasome currently holds the world-leading mark in the triple jump University of Texas

O'Brien Wasome opened his outdoor season with a wind-aided 17.06m triple jump at the Longhorn Invitational at the Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas on Friday.

However, the 24-year-old Jamaican holds the world-leading mark of 17.05m during the first round of the competition. His winning mark of 17.06m jump was his second jump of the competition but was aided by a trailing wind of 2.4m/s.

The two marks better the previous outdoor best of 16.81m held by Cuba’s  Andy E. Hechavarria that was set on February 27 in Cuba.

All three of Wasome’s three marks would have won the competition. His worst jump of 16.65m was more than a metre better than his teammate Blake Harris’ best effort of 15m, who finished second.

Baffour Kyem’s 14.69m took third.

Wasome’s mark was the second-best by a Jamaican in all conditions this season behind Carey McLeod’s indoor mark of 17.17m that won him gold at last week’s SEC Championships in Arkansas.

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