Jamaica Observer / TAMPERE, Finland — Lamara Distin will have two objectives when the women’s high jump competition starts on today’s fourth morning of the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Tampere, Finland, and that is to advance to the final and break the National Junior Record, whichever comes first. Distin has had a good season, improving on her personal best of 1.85m, which she used to win both the Under-20 title at the Carifta Games held in the Bahamas in April and the JAAA National Junior Championships three weeks ago.
She comes into the championships as the sixth-best jumper in the world among Under-20 women and says her confidence is high.
“I have had a good season and I feel like I am ready, and I just need to go out there and do my best, listen to the coach and do my best,” she told the Jamaica Observer earlier in the week.
No Jamaican woman has ever won a medal in a jumping event at the IAAF World Under-20 championships.
Distin made an attempt at Kimberly Williamson’s National Junior Record 1.88m at the JAAA National Junior Championships and says she still thinks that it is well within her reach this week.
“I feel comfortable; each time I am getting higher and higher. I feel like that I can get the National Junior Record, but to do that I need to work on my run-up and my technique over the bar,” she said.
Distin also won the Class One event at the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association Girls Championships, but was second at the Penn Relays. She told the Observer that she needed to stay focused and “get out of my mood”.
I am a moody person, but if I am able to do that, I know I will do well,” she ended.
— Paul Reid