amaica’s Jaydon Hibbert has been extremely successful in a relatively short period. In the space of two years, the young triple jumper has earned a world U20 silver medal to go with his North American, Central American and Caribbean Association (NACAC) U18 and CARIFTA U20 titles.
In Colombia, less than a year after his second place finish at the World U20 Championships in Nairobi, he will have the opportunity to target another global podium place at the World Athletics U20 Championships Cali 22, being held at the Pascual Guerrero Olympic Stadium in Colombia from 1-6 August.
And the 17-year-old will do so off the back of some highly promising results.
His winning effort of 16.66m at the recent ISSA/Grace Kennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships – known as ‘Champs’ – was not only a championship record but also a Jamaican U18 best that moved him to fifth on the world U18 all-time list.
In his formative years, Hibbert progressed from being an unpredictable talent, having tried several disciplines while at RJR Basic School and Vaz Preparatory School in Kingston, before finally finding his niche years later at Kingston College.
“I participated in the 100m, 200m, 400m, long jump and high jump at prep school,” Hibbert explains.
Interestingly, though, Hibbert did not compete for Kingston College, the most successful school in Champs history, until grade 10. According to Hibbert, it was not his fate to compete before the appointed time and he stayed firm for his opportunity to shine.
“It was a long wait and nobody really knew me before,” declares the polite and modest Hibbert. “I struggled to identify the event that worked best for me, but I finally discovered that jumps (long and triple) were my calling.”
SOURCE: WORLD ATHLETICS