20 OCT 2000 General News

Women's triple jump final

Women’s triple jump final
Laura Arcoleo

21 October 2000 – Anastasiya Ilyina of Russia jumped 14.24m to win the women’s triple jump world junior title here in Santiago ahead of compatriot Anna Pyatykh whose best mark of the day was 14.18m.

Pyatykh improved the personal best she had set in the qualifications with her first attempt to momentarily take the lead of the contest.

The world junior best performer of the year Anastasiya Ilyina responded with a second jump of 14.24m, which eventually proved to be sufficient to secure gold.

Dana Veldakova of Slovakia who improved her own national junior record twice in today’s final (13.69 on her first attempt and 13.92 with her third jump) won the bronze medal.

Zhou Yangxia a world youth champion in the long jump last year improved her personal best to 13.72 with her first jump of the competition but would eventually finish fifth edged also by a wind assisted leap of 13.74 by Cuban Mabel Gay.

Yesterday’s qualification round had shown that the women’s triple jump could have been a great competition with Ilyina jumping a world junior best of 14.52 while her compatriot Anna Pyatykh and China’s Zhou Yangxia had bettered their respective personal bests. Today’s chilly conditions unfortunately prevented the athletes from improving further.

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