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UPDATE - Malone qualifies for IAAF Worlds Long Jump Final

Chantel E. Malone is representing the Virgin Islands in the IAAF World Championship. Photo: Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Long Jumper Chantel E. Malone became the first 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.

Malone finished 5th overall in the qualifying leaps and comfortably reached the final, which according to BVIAA President, Steve Augustine, is the first time a VI athlete has reached the Senior Competition Finals in any event.

“Malone’s performance is truly commendable,” he noted, “her season's best is 6.67 and has a personal best of 6.69m.”

Malone made a late start to her season, following a foot injury, but is now perfectly placed to hunt down a podium finish as the best qualifier only leapt 6.66m.

The final takes place on Friday August 11, 2017 at 2.30 PM Virgin Islands time.

See Previous Story posted on August 9, 2017 

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Chantel E. Malone, the only Virgin Islands athlete left to compete in the IAAF World Championships, begins her quest for a Long Jump Medal today August 9, 2017 at 2.20 PM.

Meanwhile, Virgin Islands top female Sprinter Ashley N. Kelly has taken the positives following her semi-final 200m run at the IAAF World Championships on Monday July 7, 2017 in London, England.

Kelly ran 54.50 seconds in heat one in the semis, a race won by Shaunae Miller from the Bahamas in a time of 50.36, to finish eighth and outside of a qualifying time for the final.

“Today upset me, but it is what it is and a learning experience. I will keep progressing, it’s my first world championships and can only progress from here. I will come back stronger, I felt good in the heats and came maybe a little too fast in the semi-final. I need to stay focused on my own strategy though and not get carried away with the race.”

Next up for Kelly is a couple of races in Europe and then a full rest before pre-season training and gearing up for the Commonwealth Games in Australia next year.



11 Responses to “UPDATE - Malone qualifies for IAAF Worlds Long Jump Final”

  • Fam (09/08/2017, 12:36) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    All the best girl
  • gunit (09/08/2017, 15:15) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    All the best cous. May you give it your all and make us proud.
  • west (09/08/2017, 16:59) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    bring home the gold
  • guy hill (11/08/2017, 06:36) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Always continue to do your very best. Good luck in the finals. Be safe. Be brave. Be bless.
  • Lin (11/08/2017, 07:04) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    So proud of his very very humble young woman. I hope that God favors you and give you strength. Go out there, and do your very best. Cheering on from BVI......
  • Kish (11/08/2017, 13:32) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    So proud of you for such a major accomplishment for yourself and the territory. I know personally what this means to you. Continue to stay true to yourself, humble, determine and trust the process. I am Lock in and loaded until start time. All the best out there today.

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