Tajay Gayle’s third place finish at the IAAF Diamond League final in Zurich, as well as his win in Shanghai prove one thing, that nothing is impossible in the long jump with the IAAF World Championships of Athletics set to start in Doha Qatar on Friday.

Gayle, a Jamaican, is not expected to figure among the medals, with Cuba’s Juan Miguel Echeverria impressing with a wind-aided 8.92 metres this year, as well as a Pan American title where he leaped to 8.65, and South African Luvo Manyonga, who, while not at his best, has jumped 8.37 metres.

If those two are among the medals, then it is likely that Gayle will have to fight with Mitiadis Tentoglou of Greece, the European champion, and Manyonga’s teammate, Rushwahi Samaai.

Gayle has a personal best of 8.32 metres and could find other challenges for a podium finish in the way of World U20, Asian and World University Games gold medallist Yuki Hashioka, who has the same personal best as the Jamaican this year.

Jamaica’s Tajay Gayle challenged one of the best long jumpers in the world in London on Saturday for a second-place finish.

Gayle leapt out to 8.32 metres but was bested by a jump of 8.37 from South Africa’s Luvo Manyonga.

Manyongo’s effort was a season’s best, while Gayle had never been out to such a distance before.

Another South African, Ruswahl Samaai, 8.11. was third, while Greece’s Miltiadis Tentoglou, 7.99, was fourth and the United States Trumaine Jefferson, fifth with 7.89.

Rounding out the field was Great Britain’s Jacob Fincham-Dukes, 7.70 for sixth, teammate Dan Bramble, 7.61, and Australia’s Henry Smith, 7.57.

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