Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Boys' long jump final report - Donetsk 2013


Anatoliy Ryapolov leapt to a gold medal-winning 7.79m and Russia’s first gold medal in the history of this event in these championships, living up to the heavy expectations of being the favourite in the countdown to the final.

The 16-year-old, who registered an eye-catching 7.90m in his homeland last month, executed a consistent series of jumps including 7.71m, 7.65m and 7.63m en route to claiming victory.

China’s Yaoquing Fang took the silver medal with a 7.53m leap to capture his nation’s third title in the 14-year history of this championship, following Shang Yapeng’s gold medal performance in Bydgoszcz, 1999 and Lin Qing’s win in Lille two years ago.

Taking the bronze medal and replicating London 2012 Olympic champion, Christian Taylor’s third place finish in Ostrava, 2007, meanwhile, was the USA’s Isaiah Moore who additionally registered 7.53m for a personal best.

Further adrift in fourth, Japan’s Shuhei Matsuoka leapt a 7.40m lifetime best, whilst China’s Zhong Peifeng placed fifth with 7.34m.

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