Wright leaps clear of Bermuda pair
Andwuelle Wright, of Trinidad and Tobago, claimed the men's long jump title ahead of Bermudian pair Tyrone Smith and Bruce DeGrilla, with a winning leap of 7.74 metres in slippery conditions after a heavy shower early in the Bermuda Invitational Area Permit Meet made jumping challenging.
“The track was wet and soggy we did what we could,” said Wright, who has a best jump of 8.03m. “It was the best I expected with the conditions but everybody came out and did their thing.
“The track was a bit slow and didn't have the speed for explosiveness, but I'm enjoying myself so far.”
Wright was in Bermuda six years ago at the Carifta Games.
Second was Daniel Bramble, of Britain, with a best leap of 7.73m, with Smith claiming the bronze with 7.56m. DeGrilla finished fourth with 7.30m.
Smith enjoyed competing again on home soil, hoping to improve on his performance at the recent Commonwealth Games when he placed tenth.
“I'm definitely disappointed, I was expecting more out of myself,” said Smith, also not enjoying the conditions, the rain stopped as fast as it came.
“I don't think I had an eight-metre jump in me today. Our track is real soft and they designed it that way, but when it rains it is even softer.
“Last weekend I competed in Texas where I live and that went reasonably well, I had a few jumps over 7.90 metres from behind the board. If they were from the board they would be 8.15, 8.20. I know I'm better than this but it just wasn't there today.
“I'll be back to Texas to train and then will prepare for my next series of competition, I'll be going to Stockholm for the Diamond League and then the Netherlands. There is a lot to do this summer.”
Smith is taking the opportunity to catch up with family and friends before he returns to the US tomorrow. “I've got my family out here, some of whom I have never met before,” he said near the jumping pit right in front of the grandstand.
“Tomorrow I'll go see my nana, hit the beach and then a fish sandwich!”
Sakari Famous did not compete in the women's high jump, after being forced to pull out with an injury. Kim Williamson, of Jamaica, and Antigua's Priscila Frederick cleared the bar at 1.80m, while Amina Smith finished third with a jump of 1.75m.
Last year, Saniel Atkinson-Grier, of Jamaica, had a winning jump of 1.83m, but she could only manage a 1.75m to tie for third.
The men's shot event was won by Ashinia Miller, of Jamaica, with a throw of 20.93m. Second was Garrett Appier, of the United States, who threw 20.41m, while Josh Freemon, also of the US, had a throw of 19.66 to claim third place.