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Malone 7th in Long Jump Final @ World Championships

- relishing ‘amazing’ experience
Chantel E. Malone about to take her third attempt during the Women's Long Jump Finals at the IAAF World Championships in London on August 11, 2017. Malone finished 7th. Photo: Youtube
Chantel E. Malone leaps into the sand at the 2017 IAAF World Athletic Championships. Photo: zimbio
Chantel E. Malone leaps into the sand at the 2017 IAAF World Athletic Championships. Photo: zimbio
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Even before making her first jump in the final of the Women’s Long Jump at London Olympic Stadium on August 11, 2017, Chantel E. Malone had already etched her name in the history books by becoming the first Virgin Islands athlete to make it to a senior IAAF World Championships final.

It was also a remarkable feat just to qualify for the Championships after having a late start to her season due to a foot injury.

However, Malone wasn’t able to medal in the final but definitely made an impression on the world stage after leaping 6.57 metres in her third attempt to be among eight of the 12 finalists to qualify for a further three jumps.

Her third attempt of 6.57 turned out to be her best mark on the day as two fouls and a 6.52 leap followed, still good enough for a 7th place finish.

The final was won by American Brittney Reese with the silver going to Russian Darya Klishina who competed as an Authorised Neutral Athlete and the bronze to defending champion Tiana Bartoletta of the USA.

Amazing experience

With a Personal Best of 6.69m, Malone would have been hoping for a better showing but had lots to be happy about.

“With everything that was going on with me physically this season, 7th place at the World Championships is amazing. I'm the first athlete to do so from the BVI. It's only up from here, Malone told Virgin Islands News Online.

Competing at the London Athletic Stadium with the electrifying atmosphere of the crowd has also been a thrilling experience for Malone.

“The experience has been amazing. I have been taking everything in. The energy of the crowd is amazing.”

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The CAC gold medallist, who is also known for her sprinting prowess and usually makes up the national quartet for the 4x100m relay, said competing at the World Championships has been one of motivation.

“I think the main thing I would take away from this entire season is to believe in your power and dreams. Regardless of who says otherwise. Once you have that vision, keep it there. The road isn't always going to be straight but if you really want it you will achieve it.”

Malone became the only Virgin Islands (VI) athlete to qualify for a final at the IAAF World Championships in London when she leaped 6.52m in the qualifying round on Wednesday August 8, 2017.

Medal hopeful and 400m hurdler Kyron A. McMaster was unfortunately disqualified in the heats while Ashley N. Kelly did well enough to reach the semi-finals of the 400m but was unable to progress further.

10 Responses to “Malone 7th in Long Jump Final @ World Championships”

  • Thumbs Up (12/08/2017, 07:14) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    You did an awesome job young lady. We are proud of you.
  • guy hill (12/08/2017, 07:27) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good job Chantal. Always continue to do your very best. Be safe.
  • Concerned (12/08/2017, 10:33) Like (3) Dislike (17) Reply
    • usa (12/08/2017, 22:22) Like (1) Dislike (9) Reply
      Stop making excuses. She did not
      • Fam (13/08/2017, 08:57) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
        Where the hell you are, what can you do better!!!! STUPID and do not hide behind usa.
  • ABC (12/08/2017, 10:48) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    We are proud
  • Great Job (12/08/2017, 18:14) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Keep pushing on
  • Fam (12/08/2017, 21:28) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    you did your best young lady
  • Charley Rose (12/08/2017, 23:52) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Great job Chantal. The BVI is proud of you. Better performance in the future.
  • concern (13/08/2017, 09:04) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Before you all Blog do you all really think on what you all are writing. That girl is out there competing to represent her country and instead of encouragement and support behind her, we got time with the negativity. Remember you can hind behind the names but the Lord above sees everything and he does the last judgment and you have family and yourself to consider. Do you have a clue what is takes to rank in the finals in those kind of Championships?

    Chantel Malone you did wonderful and you represent your country well, it can only get better young lady.

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