New Orleans, Louisiana 2021-07-29 22:26:00 –
As the first Olympic athlete, former LSU athletic star Juborn Harrison may have been a little nervous to enter the first of two events at the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday night.
But when 22-year-old Harrison, who won six NCAA titles before turning pro last month, easily qualified for the high jump when athletics began at the Olympic Stadium, there were no signs of shaking. ..
Harrison made an easy voyage over the bar at a height of 7 feet 1½ inches in his first attempt, clearing 7-5¾ when 13 finalists were identified. The final will take place on Sunday at 5:10 CST.
Harrison seemed smooth and relaxed, and even his first attempt at 7-3 and 7-5¾ got over the bar cleanly. This is completely 3 inches away from the personal record 7-8¾ that jumped to win the Southeastern Conference title in May.
Harrison’s only evening mistake was his first attempt at 7-4½, but he quickly reorganized and accomplished it in his second attempt.
“I felt comfortable,” Harrison said in an interview with NBC’s Louis Johnson. “The competition was great. I love competition and it thrives … So having all these great competitors here makes me better.”
Thursday night’s qualifying marked the beginning of a three-day whirlwind for Harrison from Huntsville, Alabama.
He will also qualify for the long jump at 5:10 am on Saturday. Harrison was the first American athlete to compete in the rare high jump / long jump double at the Olympic Games since the great Jim Thorpe in 1912.
Harrison participated in his first Olympics with the world’s third best high jump at 7-8¾ this year.
His mark was only 0.5 inches behind after Ilya Ivanyuk of the Russian Olympic Commission and Maksim Nedasekau of Hungary each cleared 7-5¾ to qualify for the final on Thursday night.
Former LSU star Natoya Goal also wins her first round heat of the women’s 800 meters on Thursday night.
Jamaican Ghoul, who was two NCAA champions at the LSU in 2013 before moving to Clemson, easily claimed a heat in 1’59.83 seconds. Her time turned out to be the fastest in the first round.
At the age of 30, he came forward early and didn’t give up the lead on a cruising to Heatwin. With a strong run, she automatically advanced to the semi-finals. The semi-finals are set for Saturday at 6:50 am.
Mondo on the deck
Former LSU pole vaulter Mondo Duplantis is the world’s indoor and outdoor record holder and hopes to be the first step towards winning a gold medal in Friday’s qualifying.
Duplantis, wearing the colors of his mother’s home country Sweden, will compete in the qualifying round at 7:40 pm on Friday.
The 21-year-old Lafayette Native is very popular for earning gold with the 20-2 personal record mark.
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