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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Barton Faculty lengthy jumper Shakwon Coke takes goal at Olympics

 

Having defended his Nationwide Junior Faculty Athletic Affiliation (NJCAA) title, Shakwon Coke of Barton Neighborhood Faculty has his eyes set on securing a spot on Jamaica’s Olympic crew.

The 21-year-old Coke, previously of St Andrew Technical Excessive College (STATHS) and Kingston Faculty, retained his indoor lengthy leap title with a leap of seven.76m in Pittsburg, Kansas, on March 5.

The next day, Coke was second within the triple leap with 15.52m and is now trying ahead to securing a spot on Jamaica’s crew to the Olympic Video games in the summertime in each occasions.

“I’m most undoubtedly trying ahead to it. However my greatest goal proper now’s to be in the most effective of form. So we’re taking it one step at a time,” Coke identified.

This was the second-consecutive 12 months Coke was profitable the lengthy leap title for Barton. In 2020, he gained along with his private greatest of seven.78m.

“It is a great feeling to say the lengthy leap title as soon as once more, particularly figuring out that I am not in the most effective of form as I might wish to be in,” Coke revealed.

He continued: “However I nonetheless went on the market with nice confidence, did my greatest and adopted my coach’s directions and got here out on prime”.

Coke, who was seventh on the 2018 Below-20 World Championships in Finland, is trying ahead to the outside season as preparation for the Olympic Video games continues.

“Because the outside season is about to start I might be competing within the 100 metres for my opener,then again to my common programming and principally simply prepare onerous, comply with my coach’s directions and go on the market and execute,” stated Coke.

Along with his tenure about to be accomplished at Barton Neighborhood Faculty, Coke must be transferring on to a Division One college to additional his training and profession.

“I am not likely certain as to the place I am heading, however I’ve fairly just a few gives on the desk,” stated Coke.

— Howard Walker

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