Jamaican triple jumper, Shanieka Ricketts, is still in search of the elusive 15-metre mark after a fourth-place finish at the Paris Diamond League on Saturday.

The triple jump was won by Brazil’s Yulimar Rojas, who got out to 15.05 metres and was the only athlete over the mark.

The next three jumpers were all bunched up, with Cuba’s Liadagmis Povea ending second with a hop, skip and a jump of 14.75 metres.

Third was the United States’ Keturah Orji with 14.72, a personal best.

That personal best came with Orji’s final jump, giving her third place ahead of Ricketts by just a centimeter.

Ricketts’ coach and husband Kerrylee Ricketts said his charge was now working on her landing because 15 metres was not far away were she to get that right.

Another Jamaican, Kimberly Williams, finished further down the field in sixth with a leap of 14.45 metres.   

Kerrylee Ricketts coach of 2019 Pan Am Games silver medallist Shanieka Ricketts, said he was pleased with her performance and feels that a 15-metre jump is not that far away.

Jamaica’s Shanieka Ricketts required a personal best to get anywhere near the dominance of Venezuela’s Yulimar Ojas in the women's triple jump at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on Friday. 

Shanieka Ricketts produced a 14.67m performance for third on the first day of the Diamond League meeting in Monaco on Thursday.

Shanieka Ricketts said her only intent on Saturday was to defend her national title in the women’s triple jump. Coming off her third-place finish at the Diamond League meeting in Oslo, Ricketts returned to Jamaica not expecting to be anywhere close to her season-best 14.76m, now the third best in the world this year.

Shanieka Ricketts was not too disappointed she lost her triple-jump world lead to Caterine Ibarguen at the Diamond League meeting in Oslo on Thursday. She believes fatigue may have played a part in her not getting a jump better than the mark she produced for third place.

Shanieka Ricketts' journey to a possible podium finish at the IAAF World Championships later this year, took a giant step in the right direction on Saturday when she set a world-leading triple jump mark of 14.76m at the Youngster Goldsmith meet at Jamaica’s National Stadium in Kingston.

Griffiths, the 2018 NACAC Champion, was more than a metre better than her high-school rivals – Edwin Allen’s Ackelia Smith (13.42m) and Holmwood Technical’s Samantha Jibbson (12.24m) – but in truth, they were never where her attention was focussed.

Knowing that only an improvement in distance will get her a medal, Ricketts' plan was to execute her technique to perfection. She almost achieved it.

“Everything except the last phase of the jump went according to plan on Saturday. I was very fast on the runway and my hop and step phases were commendable,” she told Sportsmax.tv.

“The step phase has been a problem area for some time now,” she continued:

“We saw improvements last year and we are working to get better results this year. On Saturday, I had the best step phase of my career, which resulted in the best jump of my career.  Therefore, improving the step phase will undoubtedly play a crucial role in helping me get closer to the 15-metre mark.”

That said, Ricketts, who was a silver medallist at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, revealed that she was not really surprised at the personal-best performance.

“To be honest, I was not surprised at the distance because I believe that I am capable of jumping far and I have been having great jump sessions in training,” she said, also explaining that her schedule this season has set to allow her to be her peak in Doha.

“Before the start of the season, Coach (Kerry Lee) Ricketts, Norman Peart and I discussed the track and field calendar. We examined dates of each major championship and events and made the necessary plans for the season. In doing so, I will be at my best for the major championships.”

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