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Jah-Nhai Perinchief falls short of World Championship final place

Jah-Nhai Perinchief fell short of reaching the final of the triple jump in the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon. The Bermudian managed a best attempt of 16.38 metres, short of the automatic qualification distance of 17.05 (Photograph by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Jah-Nhai Perinchief fell short of reaching the final of the triple jump in the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon, last night.

The 24-year-old, who came into the competition on the back of good form this season, having claimed silver at both the NCAA Championships with a leap of 17.03 metres and at the USATF San Diego-Imperial Association event, jumping 17.05, was aiming to match the latter distance and book one of 12 automatic qualification spots for the final on Saturday.

However, against a stellar field that included Pedro Pichardo, the Olympic gold medal-winner, and indoor world champion Lazaro Martinez and world indoor record-holder Fabrice Zango, the Bermudian fell some way short on his three attempts.

His first attempt of 16.38 ultimately proved the best of his efforts, having fouled his second jump, before concluding with the leap of 16.26 in his third and final attempt.

That was only good enough to see Perinchief finish in 22nd place overall from the 29-athlete field, as he fell 30 centimetres short of the final qualification spot, which went to Eldhose Paul, of Cuba, with a best jump of 16.68.

Pichardo showed his undoubted talent in his very first attempt, jumping 17.16 to book his automatic qualification. It was to prove the best jump overall from groups A and B, with Zango one centimetre behind in second, and Emanuel Ihemeje, of Italy, completing the top three with a best leap of 17.13.

Only two other athletes managed to hit the automatic qualification standard with China’s Zhu Yaming jumping 17.08, while Martinez also just achieved the distance, leaping 17.06.

The remaining seven qualification places went to Jean-Marc Pontvianne, Andrea Dallavalle, Donald Scott, Almir Dos Santos, Will Caye and Tiago Pereira.

Christian Taylor, the defending champion who is only just returning to fitness after serious injury, could only muster 16.48 to place eighteenth.

Perinchief will now turn his attentions to final preparations for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, at the end of this month.

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Published July 22, 2022 at 8:01 am (Updated July 22, 2022 at 8:02 am)

Jah-Nhai Perinchief falls short of World Championship final place

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