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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