Thrill of the jump

Coach Delisser salutes Wayne Pinnock on bronze success

Saturday, July 14, 2018

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TAMPERE, Finland — Jeremy Delisser, coach of history making long jumper Wayne Pinnock, is hoping the athlete's achievement in winning the island's first ever medal in the horizontal jumps at an IAAF World Under-20 Championships can be the spark the discipline needs to be the next breakthrough event in Jamaica.

On Wednesday's second afternoon and under cool conditions, Pinnock won the bronze medal in the long jump with a mark of 7.90m, improving on his sixth place finish at last year's World Under-18 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya, and completing a successful year.

Delliser was happy not just for Pinnock, but for his Kingston College teammate Shakwon Coke who also made the final on Wednesday and improved his personal best twice.

“I am very happy with both, not just Pinnock, but also Shakwon Coke who came back from injuries early in the year, fought his way back to be here and made the top eight,” he said.

Coke improved his previous personal best to 7.69m in the first round and then to 7.73m.

Delliser told the Jamaica Observer on Thursday his hope was that Pinnock's success would lead to the same success enjoyed by sprinters and even throwers of late.

“It's an event I have been hoping we would have break out in the last few years and I am hoping he can be the catalyst to help push us forward,” the coach noted.

Pinnock's successful 2018 is not a surprise for the coach who has guided him the last few years.

“It (success) has come through dedication and a lot of hard work that has been put in and it has paid off in the end,” said Delliser.

The athlete had started his career as a hurdler before seriously trying the long jump. Delisser pointed out that the athlete has not dropped the hurdles all together, but says it would be difficult to try and do both at this level, especially given the depth of the junior male hurdling in the country at present.

Delliser describes Pinnock as “very receptive, very self-motivated and fairly easy to work with”.

While most fans of the sport were surprised when he jumped 7.99m in March at the Digicel Grand Prix in Kingston and then followed it up with 7.77m to win Class One at Boys Champs, then broke the Penn Relays record with 7.88m, Delliser said he was expecting that kind of result.

“Last year at the World Under-18 championships, with very little work he jumped 7.27m for sixth place so the signs were there and so if he had good health and trained properly this year, good things would happen,” he shared.

While he said he could not predict the future, Delliser said with the expected improvement, Pinnock could be the second Jamaican junior to get over the 8.00m mark joining National Junior Record holder James Beckford who had jumped 8.13m.

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