Some Long Jumpers

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  1. StarWars

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    Lois Tsatoumas and Sebastian Bayer are some of the best jumpers around this year. Louis Tsatoumas has a PB of 8.66 and just jumped 8.16 meters into a negative wind. Bayer has only jumped barely over eight so far and has a PB of 8.71, and expect him to perform well in Berlin.

    Some English long jumpers are Greg Rutherford and Chris Tomlinson. Both are well over 8 meters this year and Rutherford is a hell of a 60 meter sprinter. Better than some sub 10 100 meter runners.

    Also there is Mitchell Watt and Fabrice lapierre of Australia. Watt is an excellent 100 meter runner, with a PB around 10.4 or 10.3. Don't forget about the mass of Germans who are overzealous about the World Championships in their home country, many over 8 or high 7 meter jumps already. I think our gys can sneak a couple medals in there for sure.
     
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    Lapierre puts the long in long jump

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    July 6, 2009
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    MADRID: Australian Fabrice Lapierre used a favourable wind to win the long jump at the Madrid meeting at the weekend, in what was expected to be a duel between Olympic champion Irving Saladino and silver medallist Godfrey Khotso Mokoena.

    Lapierre, from Quakers Hill, jumped a wind-aided 8.57 metres on Saturday to beat Mokoena, who finished second with an African record jump of 8.50m.

    Saladino, who took gold over Mokoena in Beijing last year, was third with a best jump of 8.43m despite an even stronger wind than Lapierre.

    "The wind was very tough today, very strange," said Saladino, who is also reigning world champion. "I tried to do it and I just couldn't, but I'm still happy with the performance. Wind or no wind, I lost - that's indisputable."

    Fellow Australian Mitchell Watt, 21, continued his rapid rise, finishing fourth with his 8.38m jump, which was assisted by an illegal tailwind of +2.8metres/second.

    Watt's 8.34m (+2.0m/s) jump on his fifth attempt was a 17-centimetre improvement on his previous best of 8.17m set on the Gold Coast in March. Lapierre and Watt move to No.6 and No.7 respectively on the world list.

    Former Australian Olympic long jumper David Culbert believes Lapierre, who won the IAAF World Athletics Final last year, and the emerging Watt are demonstrating the type of form that could elevate them into medal contention at the world championships in Berlin next month.

    "Anyone that saw Lapierre and Watt compete at the national championships this year would realise that these results are not a surprise," said Culbert, the Olympic and World Championship long jump finalist who twice won Commonwealth Games silver medals.

    In the women's triple jump, Olympic silver medallist Tatyana Lebedeva of Russia held off countrywoman Anna Pyatykh to win the Grand Prix event at the Moratalaz stadium.

    Most of the favourites on the track prevailed, including Hasna Benhassi in the women's 800m. The Olympic bronze medallist from Morocco won with a season-best time of one minute, 59.03 seconds to edge British pair Jemma Simpson and Marilyn Okoro.

    Mbulaeni Mulaudzi of South Africa took the men's race, with Olympic silver medallist Ahmed Ismail of Sudan finishing third.

    Ireland's David Gillick won the men's 400m in 44.77s, and Christine Amertil of the Bahamas won the women's race in 51.77s.

    Jamaica's Steve Mullings easily won the men's 100m in 10.11s ahead of European champion Francis Obikwelu of Portugal. In the women's event, American sprinter Gloria Asumnus won with a time of 11.40s.

    In the women's 1500m, Natalia Rodriguez held off Spanish teammate Marta Rodriguez while Johan Cronje of South Africa won the men's race in 3:37.33. Isa Phillips led a Jamaican one-two in the men's 400m hurdles with a time of 48.09.
     
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    Young Aussies pops a 27-8.

    LONG jumper Mitchell Watt has leapt into medal contention for next month's world championships with another big personal best in Greece
    Watt, who only returned to the sport two years ago, has taken massive strides in 2009, improving his PB five times.

    His winning distance of 8.43m at a meet in Rethimno, Crete, places the Queenslander behind only Sydney Olympic silver medallist Jai Taurima (8.49m) on the national alltime list.

    And two of the only four men to have jumped further than Watt in 2009 are the most recent Olympic champions - American Dwight Phillips and Irving Saladino from Panama.

    The 21-year-old Watt won by a massive 30cm from Hussein Al-Sabee of Saudi Arabia (8.13m) and American Brian Johnson (8.04m).

    "Mitch's performance was in another category again, even compared to what he did in Madrid (when he recorded his previous PB of 8.34m earlier this month),'' Watt's coach Gary Bourne said.

    "He just dominated this competition.

    "He opened with his best-ever opening jump of 8.24, then had a foul which was a better jump again, then one from behind the board and then the 8.43.

    "And then he just sat down and let the rest of them do their thing.

    "He put them under a lot of pressure and there were good jumpers in that field, Johnson, who came second in the US trials and (Beijing Olympic finalist) Al-Sabee.

    "He put them to rest pretty much.''

    Australia will have a strong two-pronged attack in the long jump at the August 15-23 world championships in Berlin, with Fabrice Lapierre also in career-best form and safely ensconced in the world's top 10.

    Watt was unknown on the international circuit until he made his European debut earlier this month.

    In his first four meets in Europe, he has jumped 8.12m or further on each occasion and not finished outside the top four.

    "He's going ahead in leaps and bounds,'' said Bourne.

    "It's not a total surprise to me, but it's certainly a great pleasure to see him performing at that level.

    ''... I'm not going to put him under any pressure by giving any predictions on his behalf, but if he continues to jump the way he is, he can certainly be in the mix in Berlin.''

    "`The expectation and the goals we've set are for him to make the final.

    "Anything other than that for a kid in his first year is a huge bonus.''
     

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