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Rounding into form – Gayle jumps SB while Jackson goes from strength to strength at Diamond League as Tokyo nears

Reigning long jump world champion Tajay Gayle and Shericka Jackson were winners at the Stockholm leg of the Wanda Diamond League yesterday.

There were also top-three finishes for Natoya Goule and Kemar Mowatt.

It has now become a norm for Gayle to deliver on his final attempt. Like he did in Doha, Qatar, to snatch gold, and at the National Senior Championships (Trials) recently to win the event, he produced his best performance with his final attempt, with a winning mark of 8.55m, where he was aided by a positive wind speed of 2.3m per second. It was also his season’s best (SB).

Cuba’s Juan Miguel Echevarría, who led after his first attempt, had to settle for second with 8.29m, while Sweden’s Thobias Montler of Sweden took third in a personal best (PB) 8.23m.

Gayle was surprised to have jumped that distance.

“I am very pleased, and this was just a reminder for the future that I can get into those regions where I was and even better,” he said after the meet.

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