#Doha2019: Tajay Gayle secures Jamaica’s first gold medal

Tajay Gayle makes a massive jump at the World Champs in Doha, Qatar, on Saturday. (Photo: Twitter @iaaforg)
Tajay Gayle makes a massive jump at the World Champs in Doha, Qatar, on Saturday. (Photo: Twitter @iaaforg)

Jamaica’s Tajay Gayle leapt 8.69 metres to win the men’s long jump at the World Championships in Doha, Qatar, on Saturday. He captured the gold medal, the first for the island at the event.

Tajay Gayle leapt 8.69m to win the long jump finals.
Tajay Gayle leapt 8.69m to win the men’s long jump finals.

Gayle put together the best two jumps of the final, as he made the winning jump on his fourth attempt, after he had leapt 8.46 metres with his first attempt, which was also the second-best jump in the final.

Tajay Gayle’s face shows sheer determination as he leaps to a gold medal.

Gayle fouled his second and third attempts and did not attempt the fifth and sixth attempts.

It was the first time that Jamaica won the men’s long jump title at the World Championships, with James Beckford winning the silver medal twice. It is the 10th best long jump of all time.

Jeff Henderson of the United States was second with 8.39 metres while favourite Juan Echeverria of Cuba was third with 8.34 metres.