Champs 2018: Pinnock driven by 2017 setback
A key component to his school's ambitions for championship title last year, Wayne Pinnock got hurt early in the meet and was unable to contribute to the cause. Pinnock had to watch agonisingly as his teammates fell short and lost out on the title they were predicted to easily win.
The moment still resonates with the long jumper and he has admitted to using last year's disappointment to fuel the fire this season.
"I had some breakdown last year and I came back and put it out in the training to come back stronger. I had to sit out the championship and that hurt, so I am looking forward to being healthy and helping my team this year," expressed Pinnock, who is in his first Class 1 season.
Pinnock unleashed a monstrous 7.99 metres to win the Digicel Grand Prix final and left track and field fans, regardless of affiliation, stunned but hopeful for the rise of another budding Jamaican long jump prospect. Pinnock admitted that he never expected to have gone that far, but is happy with the achievement.
"I didn't expect 7.9, I was looking more to 7.6 or 7.7, but I got it and it's a great feeling," said Pinnock
While his eyes are firmly fixed on Leon Gordon's 7.87-metre championship record, the multi-talented Pinnock wants to stay focused on getting maximum points.
"I just want to stay focused, and if I stay focused I know the record will come, but nine points is most important," noted Pinnock.
Pinnock and teammate Shaquille Lowe will be the first competitors for Kingston College when long jump qualifying gets off at 1 p.m. on Tuesday.