Jazmin Sawyers finishes fourth in long jump Diamond League final

She was one centimetre away from third place


Just over a month after reaching the Olympic long jump final, Staffordshire athlete Jazmin Sawyers has finished fourth in the final of the Diamond League.

The 27-year-old recorded a best distance of 6.74 metres on Wednesday evening in Zurich, Switzerland.

She was pipped to third place by a single centimetre by Ukrainian Maryna Bekh-Romanchuk in her final jump.

Ivana Spanovic of Serbia took the title after jumping 6.96 metres.

Sweden’s Khaddi Sagnia finished in second thanks to her first time effort of 6.83 metres.

Sawyers: ‘I’m choosing to be happy’

Speaking after the competition, Sawyers told Athletics Weekly: “I’m happy with it, 6.74 is a good performance for me this year.

“I was hoping for a little bit more. And to get pipped from third down to fourth by one centimetre in the last round is always disappointing.

“But at this stage of the season to get out here, in a city event, to enjoy it that much – I’m just choosing to be happy with that.”

Sawyers started her final with a jump of 6.34 metres before conceding her only fault in her next run.

She then jumped her best distance of the day prior to leaping 6.66 metres.

The City of Stoke Athletics Club competitor couldn’t quite replicate that form for the rest of her evening as she finished with jumps of 6.56 metres and 6.54 metres.

Her best jump of 6.74 metres was six centimetres short of her Tokyo Olympic final performance, where she finished eighth.

Sawyers will be eyeing next year’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, which takes place between July 28 and August 8.

At Glasgow 2014, she earned a Commonwealth silver medal before making the final at the 2018 Gold Coast Games.

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