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Pullen says he's pleased with triple jump effort at Trials, but...

Friday, June 21, 2019

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Despite winning his third men's triple jump title on yesterday's opening day of the Supreme Ventures JAAA National Senior and Junior Championships at the National Stadium, Clive Pullen says he has some work to do before he can punch his ticket to the IAAF World Championships in Doha later this year.

Pullen jumped a wind-aided 17.02m (4.6m/s) to beat last year's winner Jordan Scott (16.77m/4.6m/) and Obrien Waisome (16.35m/4.6m/s) and is still to make the qualifying mark for the World Championships.

“I am pleased with it, definitely not proud, but I am making progress as the year goes on, “Pullen told the Jamaica Observer.

“I wished the conditions were a little better, but at the end of the day, everyone had to deal with it, and it was how well we were able to manoeuvre our way.”

Pullen said he was still positive that he had time to get the 16.95m mark to get on the team.

“I am confident that I will get the standard, I have the time and I have been consistent all year, I just have to continue to work and to compete and it will come eventually,” he said.

The former Kingston College and University of Arkansas athlete said he is looking forward to going to the Pan-American Games and other competitions where he hopes to get better conditions and make the standard.

Scott, who has made the standard, said he did what he came here to do.

“The plan was to come here and make the top three and get on the plane for Doha, and I did just that.”

He is still tinkering with some technical stuff, and said: “I have a lot of time to work before the World Championships, so the main focus was to get the top three spot and go back to working hard.”

Elvin Graham won the men's javelin throw, the only other final contested yesterday, with a best mark of 71.65m, beating Orlando Thomas (69.21m) and Orrin Powell (64.97m).

Meanwhile, Javarn Gallimore led all the qualifiers for the men's 400m hurdles winning his heat in 49.48 seconds. Kemar Mowatt also won his heat in 46.69 seconds and Jaheel Hyde also won his heat in 50.22 seconds to advance to today's semis.

Rushell Clayton was the fastest qualifier in the women's 400m hurdles with 55.36 seconds, Janieve Russell was next best with 55.74 seconds, while Rhonda Whyte, Kaliese Spencer-Carter and the Tracey sisters Ristananna and Nikita both advanced.

Meanwhile, the first rounds of the men's 100m events were due to be run last night with the semi-finals and finals set to be run today.

– Paul Reid


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