In the mix! - Pullen confident of medalling at World Indoors
With a number of adjustments to his technique, Jamaica's triple jump competitor, Clive Pullen, said he would be in the mix to claim a medal at the World Indoor Championships, which begins at the Area Birmingham today.
Pullen, a former Kingston College standout, who turns professional this season, is currently ranked 20th in the world with a best mark of 16.71m.
However, the former University of Arkansas athlete told STAR Sports that he was in excellent form entering the championships and he was expecting a podium finish.
"This season has been shaping up well, so I am looking forward to a good meet," said Pullen. "I am going in there in a good frame of mind, so I am going to put some marks out there and see where it goes," he said.
"I honestly believe that I am in the mix because I have shown it, and I have seen it myself. I think once I go out and execute, then it should be a fun competition," he said.
He added that despite turning professional last season, he continues to work out with his university coach at Arkansas.
"We have tweaked a couple of things, and things seems to be coming together at the right time, so I should be right up there in the mix," he said.
"I opened up two weeks ago with 16.71m, but I fouled a couple of big jumps. So I know that it is there, so it is for me to get right on the day legally," Pullen said.
"I have been dealing with a few technical changes, so it is for me to go out and execute on the day," he said.