Guyanese Troy Doris created local history when he leapt into the final of the Rio Olympics Triple
Jump. Doris leapt to 16.81m yesterday morning in the preliminaries, qualifying for the finals today.
“I’m excited to finally be an Olympic finalist. Time to make history,” Doris stated, in a social media video. Doris’ jump saw him as the sixth best overall jump for the day.
USA’s Christian Taylor led the field with 17.24m, his best jump of the day.
The US-based Doris has a personal best effort of 17.18m and will look to equal and surpass that mark to jump into medal contention to join local boxing great Michael Parris as Olympic medalists.
Apart from Parris who automatically advanced to the medal round by reaching the semifinals of the 1980 Moscow Olympic, Doris is the first Guyanese to reach the finals of any event at the Olympics.
The top qualifiers going into today’s finals are:
Athlete Country Distance (m)
Christian Taylor United States 17.24m
Dong Bin China 17.10m
Will Claye United States 17.05m
Nelson Évora Portugal 16.99m
Cao Shuo China 16.97m
Troy Doris Guyana 16.81m
Karol Hoffmann Poland 16.79m
Jhon Murillo Colombia 16.78m
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