John Bartoletta

Long Jump Longevity

In Tianna Bartoletta by John Bartoletta

Bartoletta, the newly-crowned world champion (who had won her first world title 10 years earlier in Helsinki), came into the meet with an uncatchable 16 points. However, she did have to compete in Zurich to claim the prize. Bartoletta, who jumped a world-leading 23 feet, 5 ¼ inches on her last attempt in Beijing, placed second in Zurich, trailing Ivana Spanovic of Serbia 23-½ to 22-10 ½. Bartoletta scored four more Diamond League points to finish with 20 while Spanovic was second with 12.

“I am really happy to win the Diamond Race,” said Bartoletta, who won Diamond League long jumps in Doha, Eugene, Oregon, and Lausanne and placed second in Monaco and New York. “It shows that I had a consistent season.”

She said that she sprained her left ankle in the Beijing final on her second attempt.

“Still today I felt a lot of pain,” Bartoletta said. “I will save the prize money. I still have the prize money from last year. I still have not spent it.”

Bartoletta said the competition was her final one of the year, although she and her husband do not know where they will go on holiday.

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