Smith jumps to victory in Atlanta
Tyrone Smith ďbusted off the rustĒ after winning the menís long jump at the American Track League Series in Atlanta at the Life University last weekend.
Smith, competing for the first time since emerging from Covid-19 lockdown, posted a winning jump of 7.66 metres, which also saw him claim the honours in the menís 35-38 age group. He was gearing up for the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer before it was postponed because of Covid-19.
ďIíve been here for years! Busted off all the rust yesterday at the @americantrackleague series in Atlanta,Ē Smith wrote on Facebook.
ďNo I didnít mark anything close to what I know Iím in shape for [7.66m] but I got a nice win and Iím highly encouraged by some of the good things I did after training mostly by myself almost entirely since last July.
ďI felt fast and I havenít had this much pop off the board since 2017. The first jump is a nice foul from the first round and the last jump ... a terrible 7.31m but from 70cm behind the foul with a huge reaching last step. Good take off placement and on the board and Iíd estimate around 8.10 which is where Iíd expect to be right now.
ďIíll be back at it in a couple weeks and weíll see what we can do!!Ē
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