Rio won't be last Olympics vows Pullen
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil:
While he didn't get the result he was hoping for, triple jumper Clive Pullen says he is looking to make the most of his 2016 Olympic Games experience as he looks to develop in the event.
Pullen, who became the third Jamaican to qualify for the event at the Olympic Games and the first in 44 years to do so, couldn't produce his best on a day when he fouled on his first two attempts before posting a modest 16.08m on his last effort.
The mark left him in 17th place during his competition on Monday, but while the former Kingston College student is not too disheartened by the results, he is hoping to control his anxiety at the next opportunity.
"I really can't use the word 'disappointed'," said Pullen. "I worked really hard to get where I'm at and at the end of the day, I am an Olympian and I deserve to be here."
Pullen added that he is convinced this will not be his last performance at the Olympic Games.
"I must say it was a great experience being the only current collegiate athlete competing against world-class Olympians. It really was an experience and I will be back for sure," Pullen said.
"It was a nerve-racking experience. I wouldn't say I was all that nervous, but anxiety plays a big part at this level, and just being able to control your nerves and your anxiety and focusing on your execution is important. So that's the big thing that I can take from this experience," added Pullen, who currently attends the University of Arkansas.
American Christian Taylor eventually won the gold medal in the event with a distance of 17.86m.