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Triple jumper Jah-Nhai Perinchief takes on world’s best tonight

Jah-Nhai Perinchief will be in action tonight at the World Athletics Champinoships in Oregon (Photograph by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Bermuda triple jumper Jah-Nhai Perinchief will be action tonight in the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon, against a class field that includes Pedro Pichardo, the Olympic gold medal-winner, and Lazaro Martinez and Christian Taylor, the respective indoor and outdoor world champions.

The 24-year-old Perinchief enjoyed good form in the early part of this year when he won the SEC Outdoor Championships with a leap of 16.89 metres and silver at the NCAA Championships with a personal-best leap of 17.03.

In May, he secured the silver medal in the men’s open triple jump with a leap of 17.05 at the USATF San Diego-Imperial Association event in Chula Vista, California.

In Oregon, Perinchief, the 2021 Bermuda Male Athlete of the Year, will also be competing against world indoor record-holder Fabrice Zango.

Former triple jumper Brian Wellman, who won five straight Bermuda Male Athlete of the Year awards from 1991 to 1996, is confident Perinchief can do something special.

Qualifying will begin at 10.20pm Bermuda time with the final set for Saturday starting at 10pm.

“With him, obviously the goal is to make the final, as you can’t win the final if you aren’t in the final,” said Wellman, who will be watching the event.

“Then hopefully he can put together a good jump from stuff that he has been working on. It is an interesting field, but not so in-depth that he can’t place.

“It’s not like people are putting up performances that he’s not capable of doing. It’s not like the whole field is that much better than him. In my opinion, his best will place, although if everybody else takes care of business I don’t know if he will get on the podium if they put up their best.”

Wellman added: “That’s why they have the World Championships; everybody shows up and we’ll see what happens. The thing about Jah-Nhai is that he is mental, a student of the sport, which is big, and he doesn’t let things get him off his game.

“He gives himself a shot, which is all you ask. I’m looking for some good things and I’m pretty sure he is, too. Hopefully he can go out there and put it all together.”

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Published July 21, 2022 at 8:20 pm (Updated July 21, 2022 at 8:37 pm)

Triple jumper Jah-Nhai Perinchief takes on world’s best tonight

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