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Updated 02 September 2010
Randy LEWIS, Grenada (Long Jump/Triple Jump)
Born: 15 November 1978, St Andrew’s, Grenada
Lives: Leverkusen, Germany
Coach: Gerd Osenberg
Manager: Marc Osenberg
Randy Lewis was on the verge of capturing a regional title, in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, in July this year. The Grenadian athlete led from the first round to the fifth in the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games men’s triple jump. His opening round effort, 17.20 metres, seemed good enough for gold. But then, in the final round of the competition, Bahamian Leevan Sands edged ahead, his 17.21 metres jump snatching the title from Lewis’ grasp.
Missing out on gold, especially by such a small margin, is always disappointing. Lewis, though, had the satisfaction of claiming his country’s only medal at the 2010 CAC Games.
The silver represented a significant breakthrough for the 31-year-old. Though a world class jumper for many years, Lewis had never before earned precious metal at a major championship – regional or global.
Lewis gave a glimpse of his potential way back in 1996, in Jamaica, at the Carifta Games – the regional junior track and field championships. The 17-year-old athlete bagged bronze in the boys’ under-20 triple jump with a 14.97 metres effort. And one year later, in Barbados, he was back on the Carifta rostrum, seizing silver with a wind-assisted 15.66 metres jump.
Lewis is also quite capable in the long jump. At the 2002 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championships, in Louisiana, USA, he produced a 7.97 metres leap to snap up silver.
But since 2007, Lewis has been focusing all his energies on the triple jump. He would be hoping the attention he has paid to the event will pay dividends at the IAAF/VTB Bank Continental Cup, in Split, Croatia.
Lewis is among the medal contenders. His best jump this year, 17.29 metres, puts him in seventh spot on the 2010 performance list, but fourth among the triple jumpers who will be on show in Split. To climb the rostrum he must beat at least one of the three men who are ahead of him – Great Britain’s Phillips Idowu (17.81 metres), Cuban Alexis Copello (17.55 metres) and Romania’s Marian Oprea (17.51 metres).
While it’s a tough ask, a top-three finish at the Continental Cup is not beyond Randy Benedict Lewis.
Long Jump: 7.97 metres (2002)
Triple Jump: 17.49 metres (2008)
Long Jump/Triple Jump: 1996: 14.97; 1997: 15.66w; 1998: 15.66; 1999: 15.75; 2000: 7.44 (7.56i)/15.78 (16.15i); 2001: (7.68i)/(15.71i); 2002: 7.97/16.06 (16.29i); 2003: 7.57, 7.58w/16.80; 2004: 17.34; 2005: 16.88; 2006: 7.41/17.31; 2007: 17.43; 2008: 17.49; 2009: 17.17; 2010: 17.29
1996 3rd (Triple Jump) Carifta Games U20 (Kingston) 14.97
1997 2nd (Triple Jump) Carifta Games U20 (Bridgetown) 15.66w
2002 8th (Long Jump) Commonwealth Games (Manchester) 7.63
2005 5th (Triple Jump) *CAC Championships (Nassau) 16.83w
2006 6th (Triple Jump) Commonwealth Games (Melbourne) 16.53
2006 7th (Triple Jump) World Athletics Final (Stuttgart) 16.72
2007 7th (Triple Jump) Pan Am Games (Rio de Janeiro) 16.42
2007 4th (Triple Jump) World Athletics Final (Stuttgart) 17.21
2008 3rd (Triple Jump) World Athletics Final (Stuttgart) 17.01
2009 7th (Triple Jump) World Athletics Final (Thessaloniki) 16.46
2010 2nd (Triple Jump) *CAC Games (Mayaguez) 17.20
* CAC = Central American & Caribbean
Prepared by Kwame Laurence for the IAAF “Focus on athletes” project. Copyright IAAF 2010