Smith eleventh at world indoors
Tyrone Smith missed out on reaching the medal round of the long jump final at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, England, yesterday.
The Bermudian posted an opening leap of 7.75 metres before two foul jumps left him in eleventh position out of 15 jumpers.
“Gave it everything I had and fouled that nice 8m+ one by less than a cm,” Smith wrote on Facebook, “Thanks for the support everyone!”
Juan Miguel Echevarria, of Cuba, won the event after leaping 8.46 in a thrilling final round, with just four centimetres separating the three medal-winners.
Echevarria, 19, jumped a personal best to edge out Luvo Manyonga, of South Africa, who leapt 8.44 and Marquis Dendy, of the United States, who managed 8.42.
Britain’s Greg Rutherford, the former Olympic and world champion, withdrew from the competition on Wednesday in order to focus on his fitness for the outdoor season.
Rutherford, 31, has already pulled out of the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Australia next month because of concerns over a lack of preparation.
Smith, 33, will be among a ten-strong squad of Bermuda athletes on the Gold Coast.