JA diver makes semis
Jamaica’s Yona Knight-Wisdom made it safely through to the semi-final round of the Men’s three-metre springboard diving competition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday.
The semi-finals are set for Tuesday morning.
In windy conditions, Knight-Wisdom finished 11th of the 18 divers to advance from the first round of competition.
Knight scored 63 in the first round of the jumps, 66 in the second in conditions that had the Japanese divers requesting re-dives. He ended with a final score of 416.55, just about 87 points shy of leader Cao Yuan of China.
“Only gone and made to the Olympic semi-final,” the proud diver tweeted at the end of competition this evening.
He is attempting to become the first Jamaican, outside of track and field, to win a medal at the Olympic Games since David Weller won bronze in cycling at the Olympic Games in Moscow in 1980.
Meanwhile Guyana’s Troy Doris made the final of the triple jump.
Doris, hopped, skipped and jumped to 16.81 metres, putting him fourth in Group A of the competition, a mark that gives him the sixth furthest jump in the competition.
Also in the final is Cuba’s Lazaro Martinez who made his furthest mark in the sand at 16.61 metres.
Unfortunately for the Caribbean, the Bahamas’ standard-bearer in the triple jump, Leevan Sands, with 16.53 finished just outside of final placings, while Cuba’s Ernesto Reeve (16.58) and Jamaica’s Clive Pullen (16.08) were also out.
Cuba’s Pedro Pichardo did not start and the Bahamas’ Latario Collie-Minns could not get down a legal mark.
Pullen, who had a good season for the University Arkansas, winning the NCAA title and jumping 16.90 at Jamaica’s national trials, was expected to, at least make the final, however, a long season may have proved his undoing.
All the jumpers trail the United States’ Christian Taylor, who qualified with 17.24 metres. Dong Bin of China (17.10), and Will Claye of the United States (17.05), are the other athletes over the 17-metre mark.