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Jah-Nhai Perinchief set to ‘fine tune’ as he builds up to Olympics

Jah-Nhai Perinchief (File photograph by Alastair Grant/AP)

Jah-Nhai Perinchief is delighted to have qualified for the Olympic Games for the first time.

The 26-year-old triple jumper earned his place in Paris courtesy of his world ranking of 30, with the top 32 on the cut-off date of June 30 guaranteed a spot, and Perinchief revealed he always had the belief he could make it.

“It feels good and I was always confident,” Perinchief told The Royal Gazette.

“I knew I was on the back end of things, but I also knew that I’d done well enough to keep my points high.

“I have goals that I want to reach, numbers wise and execution-wise, so I was confident, but was trying to sort stuff out and I am still trying to.

“I have a month left and I feel like that's more than enough time to fix the last few things I need to and that will put me in a good spot.”

Perinchief looking forward to making his debut at the Games and is hopeful that he will not allow himself to be overawed by the big occasion.

“Nothing has really changed and we treat it like a regular big meet,” he said.

“I don't think as an athlete you should put any added pressure on yourself going into this

“Obviously it's a huge competition, but Commonwealth Games was a big competition. World Indoors and World Outdoors is kind of the same thing, it's still a competition.”

Perinchief now plans to make the necessary adjustments in the final build-up to the Paris Games, which starts in exactky three weeks.

“My plan right now is to fix what I need to in my approach,” he said. “Fine tune that, put back in some power, lift, get fast and as strong as I can leading up to the Games.

“I’m not going to kill myself, just rest, recover and fix the little things I need to fix.

“I will talk with Wellman [local coach and Olympian Brian Wellman] and talk with my coach [Travis Geopfert] out in Arkansas so that we can do whatever I need to take me from where I am now to where I need to be. That’s the main plan.”

Former indoor world champion and two-times Olympian Wellman is delighted that Perinchief has followed in his giant footsteps and qualified for the Olympics.

“That's always the first step, getting in the meet, so one part of the equation is accomplished and then it’s about going forward and trying to make the most of the opportunity,” he said.

“Trying to be workmanlike with it, trying not to get overwhelmed by it, try to focus and basically still triple jump.

“You have to try to not walk around in a maze, and the thing that's going to help is the fact he has competed against quite a few of these people before.

“It's a momentous occasion in terms of qualifying for your first Olympics. Now the goal is to go and basically do his best, and that's all you can ask out of anybody.

“He's got the tools to jump far enough to make the finals and you can't win it unless you're in it. So that's the goal.”

Wellman also gave a glimpse into the improvements Perinchief needs to make before he leaps in Paris.

“I think the things he has to work on are technical and not physical,” Wellman said

“In terms of film study, you have to watch the things that you do well and try and work through the things that you don't do as well as you would like.“

Wellman, who is also a two-times Central American and Caribbean champion and NCAA Outdoor champion, takes great pleasure and pride to see Perinchief following in his footsteps.

“It’s always good but I was hoping there would be more triple jumpers,” he said.

“I was hoping I would inspire a few more people to pick up the mantle and try the triple jump.

“It’s really good in terms of seeing somebody else, even though it's quite a few years later, go out there and try and accomplish their goals in getting to the Olympics, getting to the highest level and performing at the ultimate level.”

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Published July 05, 2024 at 8:00 am (Updated July 06, 2024 at 8:13 am)

Jah-Nhai Perinchief set to ‘fine tune’ as he builds up to Olympics

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