After making history for Jamaica, Tajay Gayle is a happy and grateful man.
On Saturday, Tajay leapt 8.69m in the men’s long jump to win gold at the World Championships in Doha, Qatar.
“This 8.69m jump was a perfect jump for me. I am very grateful for that. I am the first Jamaican to give my country a gold medal in the long jump. Breaking the national record is great,” he said.
Despite his good fortune on Saturday, Tajay struggled on Friday, barely making it into the long jump final with a leap of 7.89m. For the final, he said that his plan was to avoid distractions.
“This 8.69m jump was a perfect jump for me.”— Tajay Gayle
“I just focused on one thing. I did not let anything disturb or distract me. I was focusing on what I was supposed to do, that was the main thing. Yesterday, I was overthinking some stuff. But there is nothing to think about on the run-up,” he said.
Now that the final is over, Tajay’s celebration will probably be low-key.
“I do not know how I will celebrate tonight, maybe watch a movie,” he said.