16 JUL 2004 General News

Men's Triple Jump - Qualification round

With no fewer than six athletes bettering the qualification mark of 15.95m Sunday’s Triple Jump promises great duels.

In group A Viktor Kuznetsov of Russia was the first to advance to the final with his opening effort of 16.39m with China’s Shujing Zhu, third on this year’s World junior lists, responding with a 16.15m first round jump.

Bulgaria’s Ivanov Petar hop stepped and jumped 16 metres with his second attempt which came after an aborted first round jump of 15.06m. After two fouls, Dzmitry Dzetsuk of Belarus had the nerves to put together a 16.25-metre jump, a new personal best which was the second best mark of today’s qualification rounds.

There were two automatic qualifiers in group B as Godfrey Khotso Mokoena, Long Jump silver medallist here in Grosseto landed at 16.02 and Dennis Fernadez of Cuba opened with a 16.01m jump.

A personal best 15.85 for Pere Joseph of Spain was good enough to take a spot in the final as the best of the rest was Australia’s Alwyn Jones who was just two centimetres short of the qualifying standard but also advanced to the final.