By Dare Esan In Beijing:
Former Commonwealth Games champion, Tosin Oke, is officially eighth best triple jumper in the world in 2015.
The Nigerian, competing in his first final at the IAAF World Championships at his third competitive appearance, sealed eighth spot in the final of the 15th edition of the championships with his third jump of 16.81m.
Oke had been touted as finished and of no real value by officials of the Athletic Federation of Nigeria who even did not list him among the invited athletes for the last All Nigeria Championships in Warri.
The former British jumper, who switched allegiance to Nigeria in 2009 and who is still having issues with the federation over ticket refund, qualified for this championships in Warri at the end of last month and has gone one better than he did in Berlin in 2009 and Daegu in 2011 by joining the likes of Ajayi Agbebaku and Joseph Taiwo as triple jump finalists at the IAAF Worlds.
Oke was the only African to make the final eight of jumpers after South Africa’s Kohtso Mokoena and Mauritius’ Jonathan Drack exited after the first three jumps.
Interestingly, Mokoena and Oke both had 16.81m as their best mark on the night but Oke edged him with his 16.77m opening round effort against the South African’s 16.76m second round jump.
Meanwhile USA’s Christian Taylor won the gold with his incredible 18.21m final round jump, the second best in the all-time list after Jonathan Edward’s gold winning hop, step and jump in Gothenburg, Sweden at the fifth edition of the championships.
Cuba’s Pedro Pichardo was second with 17.73m while 2007 champion Nelson Evora was third with 17.52m.