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Jah-Nhai Perinchief thrilled to pick up win in Arkansas

Jah-Nhai Perinchief on his way to picking up the bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games (Photograph by Alastair Grant/AP)

Jah-Nhai Perinchief started his indoor season in the perfect manner when winning the Tyson Invitational on Saturday.

The Bermudian triple jumper took top honours in Fayetville, Arkansas, after leaping out to 16.75 metres, 19 centimetres clear of his closest challenger Sean Dixon-Bodie.

Perinchief was a model of consistency with no fouls in his six attempts and four of his jumps above 16.66 metres in a field made up of predominantly college athletes.

Given that he was not using his full run-up, Perinchief was delighted with his performance.

“I was only using three-quarters of my approach so it was my best opener from 12 ever, which means constant progression each year,” Perinchief said.

“I’m happy about that, I had some really good attempts and it was probably the most consistent series I’ve ever put together. It wasn’t the longest but I was only 30 centimetres off a PB from my short run-up and it’s early in the season. I tried to execute as best as I could and given the circumstances it was good.

“I’ve been loading up on weights so I can’t really complain. I still have a lot of work to do but I know that I have got a lot faster, a lot stronger. We will go back to the drawing board and set myself up for outdoors now.”

The win bodes well for Perinchief, who became the first Bermudian to win a Commonwealth Games track and field medal for 28 years when finishing third in the triple jump in Birmingham in July.

Aside from that medal, he also clinched silver at the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association Senior Championships last year and will be looking to improve his personal best of 17.03m.

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Published February 13, 2023 at 7:52 am (Updated February 13, 2023 at 7:52 am)

Jah-Nhai Perinchief thrilled to pick up win in Arkansas

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