Sakari Famous raises bar with national and school records
Lightning struck twice for Sakari Famous while competing for McNeese State University at the Carl Knight Invitational in Nacogdoches, Texas, at the weekend.
The Bermudian broke her own outdoor school and national records, set a personal best and claimed a second straight title inside of a week in the women’s high jump to draw a line firmly under her potential.
Famous finished tied for first with Nissi Kabongo, who was representing meet hosts Stephen F Austin, with a leap of 1.82 metres.
The mark eclipsed the 1.81 she achieved on her way to winning the gold medal at the LSU Battle on the Bayou in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, seven days earlier, which also earned her the Southland Conference Women's Track and Field Athlete of the Week award for the first time.
The 22-year-old went into the meet determined to put her best foot forward and proved equal to the task to continue her sparkling form of late.
“I had to come to this meet prepared to jump high because I was told there was another jumper who jumps over 1.80 as well,” Famous told The Royal Gazette.
The Carifta Games medal-winner cleared the height on her second attempt at the Fletcher Garner Track on Saturday.
“I was a bit nervous starting out though, due to my warm-up jumps not feeling great,” Famous added. “However, I was able to put everything together to get to that 1.82 height even with some misses with the other heights.”
Jaiyah Hodge, of Jacksonville, finished third with a leap of 1.65.
Famous eclipsed the previous Bermuda women’s outdoor record of 1.80, which she shared with Zindzi Swan at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium on April 2 with 1.81, which she has since improved. She also holds the Bermuda indoor record of 1.77, set in 2019.
The athlete has made big strides since recovering from torn ligaments in her left ankle in her second year of college and reckons the best is yet to come.
“I am super excited to be consistent so far in the 1.80s, but I am definitely looking forward to jumping even higher,” she said.
Famous credits much of her success of late to her school and the tweaks she has made to her technique.
“Just being in a new and better school atmosphere is definitely playing a huge role in my season this year,” she added.
“I also feel like I have a more consistent approach and with a few fixes I believe these will allow me to get to the heights I want to reach.”