Jamaican Jaydon Hibbert Breaks World U20 Championship

Seventeen years old Jamaican Jaydon Hibbert of Jamaica broke the World U20 Championship triple jump record on his first attempt leap of 56 feet, 8 inches (17.27) in the final and captured the gold medal with a two-foot improvement to his previous career best.

Jamaica Jaydon Hibbert  broke triple jump under 20 world championships
Jaydon Hibbert

Hibbert who will be an Arkansas Razorback as a freshman this coming season was a silver medalist at this meet in 2021 as a 16-year-old. As a seventeen yrs old Hibbert upgraded to gold with an amazing distance as the second jumper in the field after a rain delay moved the start time of the event from 4:55 to 6 p.m.

Following his record leap, Hibbert improved his Jamaican U18 record and moved to No. 2 on the all-time world list, trailing a 57-1.5 (17.41) U18 world best by Fortun from 2018.

On the U20 all-time world list, Hibbert ranks as equal No. 8 with Cuba’s Cristian Napoles from 2017. Hibbert just missed the Jamaican U20 national record of 56-8.75 (17.29) set by James Beckford in 1994.

Beckford holds the senior Jamaican national record with a mark of 58-9.5 (17.92) from 1995. Hibbert now ranks as the No. 2 performer on the all-time Jamaica list with the No. 4 performance.

Hibbert also bettered his previous PR in the second round with a mark of 55-2.25 (16.82), and then passed his remaining attempts. India’s Selva Thirumaran finished as a silver medalist with a mark of 53-0 (16.15) while bronze went to Estonia’s Viktor Morozov at 52-11 (16.13).

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