Perinchief Ranked #1 In World In U/20 High Jump

July 15, 2016

Bermuda’s Jah-Nhai Perinchief is ranked #1 in the world in the IAAF U/20 Men’s High Jump listings, and the International Association of Athletics Federations [IAAF] cited him as a medal contender at the upcoming IAAF World U20 Championships in Poland, saying that while Bermuda has never won a medal in the event, that “could soon change.”

The IAAF story said, “With a population of just over 60,000, it comes as no surprise that Bermuda has never won a medal at the IAAF World U20 Championships. That could soon change, though, as Iowa-based Jah-Nhai Perinchief jointly tops the 2016 world U20 list with a 2.26m lifetime best.

Screenshot of the U/20 Men’s High Jump top list, with Perinchief jointly ranked as number one:

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The IAAF go on to note that Bermuda “might be small in size,” but we “have something resembling a high jumping tradition.”

“Clarence Saunders holds the national record with a 2.36m clearance and finished fifth at the 1987 World Championships and 1988 Olympic Games,” the IAAF said.

“Saunders’ national record, which dates back to the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland, might not be on Perinchief’s compass just yet but the 18-year-old has already erased his national U20 record.

“Perinchief shares the lead on this year’s world U20 list with Ukraine’s Oleksandr Barannikov who cleared 2.26m in his most recent competition. The 19-year-old, who claimed a bronze medal at last year’s European Junior Championships, was also second at the senior Ukrainian Championships.”

The 2016 World U20 Championships in Athletics will take place in Bydgoszcz, Poland from July 19–24th and the IAAF said a total of 1518 athletes [832 men and 686 women] will be competing.


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  1. Well done and congratulation, hope you go even further and that your record should propel you to reach for higher aims, I just hope that the O.B.A Government does more then just reach out to you and send congratulatory remarks in a letter.

    They have spent more on the America’s cup and the redevelopment plans to give away prime real estate, along with sell our soul’s by leasing out a airport that we wont benefit in revenue from, along with cut funding to Sports, Education, Health care, and financial assistance to Bermuda’s most vulnerable.

    So let’s hope that they don’t do like their counter part the U.B.P, when Bermuda’s great in the person of Mr. Clarence Hill came back to Bermuda with a Gold medal, and what that get him from his own government, and do we have anything anywhere on display at our City hall or elsewhere, of government properties to see his accomplishment, and help to inspire young athletes such as yourself to never give up on your dream.

    Bermuda has so much talent in so many arena’s of sports, singing, The creative Arts, drama, poets, book writers and the list goes on, many have gone on the World stage and have reached their goals with no real support from their own, but they made it, but what about those who have the talent but don’t have the resources here, and there are far to many of them.

    Our young people of today are far more talented and gifted then any time in Bermuda’s history but yet we do not invest in them or their talent, but greed has gripped the hearts of so many and unfortunately most seen in the heads of our very own government.

    Let this young person along with the like’s of Flora Duffy be the catalyst for change and get behind them as a country from the public purse and give back to push them forward.

  2. Grizz says:

    Congrats Jah-Nhai! All the best

  3. mixitup says:

    Excellent! Congrats to this young man, make Bermuda Proud!

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  5. Kamel Trott says:

    Kongrats young one u kan do it!!!

  6. smith says:

    Jah Nhai..Your making you Mother proud,and Bermuda.
    Keep it up and just do your best.