Olympics: Tyrone Smith Qualifies For The Finals

August 3, 2012

While most locals were pinned to the Cup Match game this afternoon [Aug 3], another great sporting performance occurred overseas with Bermudian long jumper Tyrone Smith powering his way to the finals at the Olympics.

He leaped a season best 7.97 to finish in 10th place in the qualification round and will go through to the finals which take place tomorrow. Only 12 athletes advance to the finals, meaning the 27-year-old Bermudian is guaranteed to place 12th or higher in these Olympic Games.

Defending Olympic champion Irving Saladino from Panama did not qualify as he recorded three successive fouls. Mauro Vinicius da Silva from Brazil and American Marquise Goodwin topped the qualifying round with 8.11m, with the finals also set to include athletes from Russia, Great Britain, Sweden, South Africa, Australia and Germany.

Smith’s performance was preceded by another strong performance from Bermuda, with Jesse and Zander Kirkland having their best day so far in the 49er class, competing three times and recording finishes of 6th, 10th and 12th place.

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  1. Lola says:

    This is great news! Congratulations!

    Although, the imc broadcasting has reported he just missed qualification??

    • Rockfish#and#2 says:

      I heard it as well.

      Bernews can you confirm?

      • Bernews says:

        We were knee deep in Cup Match stuff so didn’t hear it ourselves…but according to the official Olympic website and Tyrone himself – he’s qualified. We have no clue what IMC was saying, but maybe they were talking before it all ended [?] as his first jumps would likely have not seen him qualify, but he went on and hit the 7.97…

  2. proudtobeBermudian says:

    I’m so proud of my fellow Bermudian!! I’m rooting hard and see a medal in view!!! Well done Tyrone!!

  3. Eugenia Roberts says:

    I am a proud Bermudian. Our Olympic athletes are representing us well and SOMERSET is victorious. This is a marvelous day!

    • Cinderella says:

      This month will go down in history as one of the best ever for our country! Proud to be Bermudian, la la, la la la la……

  4. James Goodfellow says:

    Great news for Tyrone and Bermuda. I was so proud to see our flag on the television for the final round. Now go out there and jump my good man, jump for that medal and do Bermuda proud.

  5. M.P.Mountbatten JP says:

    It’s looking Good for us ….

  6. media says:

    He was the only one that qualified with a jump less than 8 meters. I think the commentator was assuming at the time that because the original qualifying mark to go through was 8 meters Tyrone would not make the cut, but he did! Looking forward to tomorrow and to hoping that his jumps will be aired, unlike today…

  7. mixitup says:

    Excellent! We are hoping for the GOLD! But I’ll settle for any medal! Best Wishes!

  8. proudtobeBermudian says:

    What time is he due to jump today? Do you know if they will be covering these finals?