Well done, Wayne - Riley praises history-making jumper
Jumps expert David Riley is praising the effort by long jumper Wayne Pinnock at the IIAF World Under-20 Championships in Tampere, Finland.
Pinnock took a historic bronze medal, and Riley has lauded him and his Kingston College coach, Jeremy Delisser, for the landmark leap. Riley has also cited Shakwon Coke, who was seventh in the same event.
After a domestic season bedecked with gold from the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships and the Carifta Games and a Penn Relays record, Pinnock spanned 7.90 metres to earn a spot on the podium in Finland, with his Kingston College teammate Coke flying to a personal best (PB) of 7.73 metres for his place in the top eight.
Even though others have come close, Pinnock is the first Jamaican to win a medal at the World Under-20 Championships in either the long jump or triple jump.
"It's not just our first medal, it's the first time we've had two athletes in the top eight in a horizontal jump competition, with Shakwon finishing seventh," Riley noted. "A PB there, can't ask for anything more than that, and it was good for them to have their coach Jeremy right there at the sidelines continuing the feedback they've been accustomed to all season."
He underscored the value of the coach's presence in Finland.
"Sometimes you don't realise the impact that a personal coach has on the athlete's performance right there beside them," emphasised the coach of 2017 and 2018 national long jump champion, Ramone Bailey.
Riley believes the Pinnock bronze will ignite the ambitions of other jumpers.
"I think a lot of persons will be inspired because Jamaica can conquer the world in the jumps as we've done in the sprints and forays in the throws," he remarked during a break at his Technique Lab summer camp hosted at Excelsior High School on July 12.
"It's a turning point for all jumpers", he said.