23 SEP 2007 General News

Women's Triple Jump

Cuba’s Yargelis Savigne won her sixth consecutive Triple Jump competition of the year as she took the World Athletics Final title here in Stuttgart with a best jump of 14.78m.

Since winning the Pan American Games in Brazil, Savigne has taken commanding victories at the Osaka World Championships, Rieti, Linz and Dubnica meetings before topping yet another world class field at the Gotleib Daimler stadium.

The 22-year-old World champion opened with a 14.68 effort to respond to Tatyana Lebedeva’s 14.72 opener which would eventually be good enough for third only for the Russian who took the Long Jump WAF title yesterday.

As Savigne improved her mark by 10 centimetres securing the 30,000$ prize money, Lebedeva fouled her next two attempts letting World bronze medallist Hrysopiyi Devetzi overtake her into second with a third round 14.75.

With the order reversed for the fourth and final round, Lebedeva gave all she could to retain the title she had won in 2006 but landed 6 centimetres short at 14.70. And when Devetzi fouled, Savigne found herself in the same scenario of Osaka – she was crowned the champion before she even had to take her last jump.

Laura Arcoleo