10 MAR 2012 General News

Istanbul 2012 - Flash Interviews - Men's Long Jump Final


Winner - Mauro Vinicius DA SILVA, BRA

I started a bit timid in the first rounds, but found my rhythm and managed 8.23. I knew it would be good for a medal, but I was not sure it would be enough for gold. This victory gives me a lot of confidence for London. Brazil has a successful tradition in the horizontal jumps and I am happy to keep it up. I consider myself a fast jumper, but have been working on my technique and I am sure I can jump farther. To Brazil, I would like to send a big kiss and thank them for all their support.


Second - Henry FRAYNE, AUS

I put everything out there on my last attempt. 8.23m - I really pushed in the end. When Sally Pearson ran and got the gold medal, this was really an inspiration for me. Wow - I did a national record! This gives me a lot of confidence for my Olympic journey, staying on the podium of the world stage.


Yes, I was disappointed about my triple jump. And I also felt flat after three fouls. But then I saw Sally's run-by, I thought this is a perfect combination: running and jumping! At my last attempt I knew that I was good, that I hit the board well.


I am still a long jumper and a triple jumper. I am just going for the double. But the long jump comes first.


Third - Aleksandr MENKOV, RUS

I'm so disappointed that my last attempt was a foul, because it went very far. I was the world leader coming into these champs, so right now I feel very emotional about the fact I didn't win. But I'm sure, later I will realise that a third place at the World Indoors is an major achievement. I had some health problems this winter and had to interrupt my training for one month. Maybe with more experience I would have been more successful.


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