Sophia Beckmon and Claire Bryant at NACAC U23 Championships

SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica (July 22) – Sophia Beckmon and Claire Bryant led a triumphant American 1-2 finish in the women’s long jump at the NACAC U23 Championships 2023 in San José, Costa Rica, on Saturday.

Beckmon, a recent graduate of Oregon City High School in Portland, claimed the gold with a wind-assisted jump of 6.69 meters (+2.7 m/s), outpacing her USA teammate, University of Florida’s Claire Bryant. Bryant secured silver with a leap of 6.66m, propelled by a strong +3.4 m/s wind.

Women’s Long Jump Result – NACAC U23 Championships 2023

Pos Athlete Team Mark Wind Medal
1 Sophia Beckmon United States 6.69 m +2.7 🥇
2 Claire Bryant United States 6.66 m +3.4 🥈
3 Haila Gonzalez Herrera Cuba 6.41 m +2.5 🥉
4 Kimberly Smith British Virgin Islands 5.94 m +2.7  
5 Ashantae Graham Cayman Islands 5.91 m -1.6  
6 Rebeca Valerie Barrientos Alpha El Salvador 5.73 m +0.9  
7 Danisha Chimilio Ávila Guatemala 5.68 m +1.1  
8 Raisa Thunig Pichardo Dominican Republic 5.54 m +3.1  
9 Tiphanny Dayana Madrigal Chaves Costa Rica 5.01 m +2.1  

The bronze went to Cuba’s Haila Gonzalez, who reached 6.41m (+2.5 m/s). The top three finishers were the only competitors to surpass the six-meter mark during the competition.

Beckmon, the silver medalist in the 100m and 200m and the long jump at Nike Outdoor Nationals 2023 in June, started with an opening jump of 6.05m (+0.4) and, despite faltering on her second attempt, the 17-year-old came back to hit 6.51m (+1.0), 6.62m (+2.8), and finally, her gold-winning leap of 6.69m (+2.7) in the third to fifth rounds.

Bryant’s best result also came in the fifth round, though she consistently performed with jumps of 6.61m (+1.9), 6.58m (+2.0), 6.60m (+0.5), 6.59m (+4.7), and 6.62m (+1.9) across the other rounds.

Gonzalez’s strongest leap for the day occurred in the second round, followed by a jump of 6.36m (+2.7) in the fifth.

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