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Healthy Jah-Nhai Perinchief ready to leap in front of home crowd

Strategising: Jah-Nhai Perinchief, left, with coach Travis Geopfert and long jumper Laquan Nairn (Photograph supplied)

Home favourite Jah-Nhai Perinchief cannot wait for the USATF Bermuda Grand Prix at the Flora Duffy Stadium on Sunday.

Triple jumper Perinchief, whose personal best is 17.03 metres faces the daunting task of needing to hit the Olympic qualifying mark of 17.22 ahead of the June 30 cut-off date as he eyes a spot in Paris .

“I haven’t jumped yet so this is a meet to see where I'm at,’’ Perinchief told The Royal Gazette.

“I’m pretty sure I can qualify and I’m still going after it for sure, with hopes I can qualify, but I know it’s going to be hard.

“From here I'm off to Jamaica and possibly Barcelona. I have to talk with my agent on what plans he has for me, but I’ll take every chance to compete.”

The Bermudian has been working with his coach Travis Geopfert in Arkansas, with his action in recent months limited to indoors. The USATF Grand Prix will be his first major competition after last year’s World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, where he fell short in his quest to qualify for the final.

Perinchief , finished eighth, in a competition won by Will Claye from the United States, at last year’s USATF GRAND PRIX, with his best jump of 16.30 from his three attempts not good enough to make it into the top six.

“Last year I was injured so I just tried to do my best, but I’m actually healthy now, so I should make a much better turnaround,’’ Perinchief said.

“I had a hamstring problem and it did contribute to my performance to an extent. However, at the end of the day I still had to come out and try to do my best, so I can’t say it affected me in a big way.”

The 26-year-old will be one of two Bermudian athletes competing against international stars, with the other being middle-distance runner Dage Minors, and Perinchief sees the Grand Prix as a perfect opportunity to inspire the island’s next generation of athletes.

“It’s going to be good to compete against the international stars,’’ he said.

“I didn’t have this growing up, to get a bunch of Olympians come down. For me it’s good to give the younger people back home something to see.

“I’m excited to see family but I’m very much focused on what I've to do. Christmas time I was home for a week.”

Perinchief arrived in Bermuda on Wednesday, with his final preparation for Sunday being guided by Geopfert, his long-time coach.

“Right now we just get home and make decisions based on how we feel,’’ the 2021 Bermuda Male Athlete of the Year said.

“It depends on what my coach wants me to do, he might have me jump, he might not. We haven’t really talked about any of that.”

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Published April 26, 2024 at 8:00 am (Updated April 25, 2024 at 7:27 pm)

Healthy Jah-Nhai Perinchief ready to leap in front of home crowd

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