Jamaica’s Tajay Gayle, qualified for the final of the men’s long jump at the World Championships in Doha, Qatar, Friday morning (Sept 27) with a jump of 7.89 metres.
Gayle, the only Jamaican in the event, got the best jump on his third and final attempt, jumping in Group B. He needed that jump to get into the final as his mark of 7.81 metres on his first attempt would not have been worthy as he had fouled his second attempt.
The long jump is being led by favourite for the title, Juan Miguel Echevarria of Cuba, whose only attempt was 8.40 metres, jumping in Group A. Jeff Henderson of the United States of America, who did 8.12 metres on his third attempt, to top the list of Group B jumpers, follows him.
Yuki Hashioka of Japan, who jumped alongside Echevarria in Group A, is third, with 8.07 metres, which he did on his second attempt and stopped.
Gayle’s personal best is 8.32 metres, which it seems like he will have to achieve or go close to, for a medal at the event.