Knight-Wisdom focused on improving for Tokyo Olympics

By Sports Desk July 19, 2018
Yona Knight-Wisdom. Yona Knight-Wisdom.

Jamaica diver Yona Knight-Wisdom is focused on enhancing his diving repertoire with an eye on the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games.

The 23-year-old Knight-Wisdom, created history when he became the first Jamaican or Caribbean athlete to qualify for an Olympic Games when he booked his spot at the 2016 London Games.  At the Olympics, he competed on the men’s 3m springboard but did not advance to the final.

Despite taking part in the CAC Games under way in Barranquilla, Colombia the athlete admitted that he was already focusing on the next Olympics.

“The new dives I’ve been working on this whole year they are looking a little more solid today,” Knight Wisdom said ahead of Thursday’s first round.

“It’s kind of a thing where I need to continue working on them and eventually I’ll get there.  I’m not going to magically improve today or tomorrow or the day after but as long as I keep doing the right thing or keep making little changes here or there it will pull together,” he added.

“They won’t be exactly where I want them today or tomorrow but that’s not my ultimate goal.  My ultimate goal is Tokyo and qualifying for that so that is where my focus is.”

On Thursday, Knight-Wisdom competed in the Men’s 1m springboard preliminary round.

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