Para-athlete Jong extends the long jump world title, Van Gansewinkel second

Para-athlete Jong extends the long jump world title, Van Gansewinkel second

GettyFleur Jong at the World Cup in Kobe (Japan)

NOS Sport•vandaag, 11:09

Fleur Jong has extended her world long jump title at the World Para-athletics Championships. In Kobe, Japan, Jong was exceptionally good on her first attempt. With 6.40 meters she gave the competition what turned out to be an unattainable target.

The reigning Paralympic long jump champion underlined her supremacy by jumping even further on the second attempt. With 6.53 meters, Jong recorded the best jump ever at a world championship.

Behind Purmerend, Marlène van Gansewinkel jumped to silver. Van Gansewinkel did not perform well in the run-up to her first jump, but corrected this on the second attempt. Her 5.45 metres, which she matched to within a centimeter in a later attempt, was more than enough for second place.

Just like at last year’s World Championships in Paris, Maya Nakanishi finished in third place behind the Dutch duo, the Japanese reached 5.25 meters.

World record attempt

At the end of the final, Jong made an attack on her own world record (6.74), but pushed past the beam in that ultimate attempt. Her second world title in the long jump is a good signal towards the Paralympic Games in Paris, which start in exactly one hundred days.

Jong and Van Gansewinkel will be in action on Tuesday in the 100 meter sprint. Van Gansewinkel also runs the 200 meters in Kobe.

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De Jong and Mbuyamba on stage

Despite a personal record, Joël de Jong had to settle for silver in the Universiade Memorial stadium in Kobe on Sunday. The Dutchman seemed to be on his way to a stunt by recording 7.04 meters on his last attempt, the best distance up to that point.

Ultimately, De Jong finished second behind the German Léon Schäfer, who became world champion for the third time with a jump of 7.22.

Noah Mbuyamba followed in the footsteps of teammate De Jong to the bronze. In his best attempt, Mbuyamba, brother of FC Volendam footballer Xavier, reached 6.65 meters. Just like Parasportman of the Year De Jong, Mbuyamba improved his personal record.

De Jong jumps to silver at the World Para-athletics Championships

2024-05-20 09:09:14
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