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DOHA, Qatar – Tajay Gayle is over the moon after his shocking long jump gold medal performance on Saturday (28 Sept) at the 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019.

Gayle, who went into the final as the 12th best qualifier after Friday’s opening round, put things together and was off to a fantastic start. He opened with 8.46m and killed his challengers with 8.69m.

“I changed only one thing today, and that was the run-up. Words can’t explain how I am feeling right now,” he said.

Gayle, the first Jamaican to win the event at this level, beat the Jamaican record of 8.62m set by James Beckford 22 years ago.

American Jeff Henderson (8.39m) and Cuba’s Juan Miguel Echevarria (8.34m) were the silver and bronze medal winners.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.