Clive Pullen Qualifies for Olympics, First Jamaican Triple Jumper to Do So in 44 Years

Clive Pullen

On the opening day of the day of the JAAA/Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships, Jamaica’s Clive Pullen won the men’s triple-jump to qualify for the Rio Olympics and attaining a personal best of 16.90 meters. Only two men in history have represented Jamaica in the triple-jump at the Olympics before him: Lennox Burgher in 1968 and Henry Jackson in 1972. Pullen, 21, is the first Jamaican to automatically qualify for the Olympic event in 44 years. The Olympic qualification mark is 16.85 meters, which Pullen bested with his personal best. Pullen is based at the University of Arkansas, but was formerly a student at Kingston College. He says that competing in the Olympics ha been a life-long dream and cites the advice and guidance of his coach and the support of his former Kingston College teammates in pushing him to attain his goal.

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