Sands in Second Place Entering Triple Jump Finals
Aug. 7, 2012
LONDON - 2008 Bronze Medalist and 2004 Auburn graduate Leevan Sands recorded the second-best jump of qualifying in the men's triple jump during the morning session on Tuesday at Olympic Stadium.
Sands' mark of 56 feet, four inches (17.17m) trails only Christian Taylor of the United States. The duo was the only two individuals in the qualification round to post auto marks. The finals are scheduled for 1:20 p.m. on Thursday.
The native Bahamian captured the Bronze Medal in 2008 in Beijing with a jump of 57-8.5 feet (17.59m). 56-6.5 (17.23m) is his top jump in 2012.
Junior Kai Selvon picked up action in the women's 200 meters on Tuesday evening, but did not make the finals after finishing fifth in the third heat. Her mark of 23.04 seconds was three tenths off her time from Monday and placed her 19th overall.
The final competitor for Auburn on Tuesday was former All-American hurdler Shamar Sands. After bouncing back from three years of injuries to qualify for the Olympic Games, Sands, a Bahamas native, came up short and was disqualified in his opening heat after clipping a hurdle and failing to finish the race.
Former NCAA champion and All-American Maurice Smith was scheduled to compete in the decathlon for his native Jamaica beginning on Wednesday, but has been forced to withdraw due to injury. His withdrawal leaves Auburn with no competitors until Avard Moncur runs for the Bahamas in the opening round of the men's 4x400m relay at 5:35 a.m. CT.
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