Surrey’s Christabel Nettey equaled her Canadian record last night at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon with a massive long jump of 6.99m. The graduate of Arizona State University trains in Phoenix under the tutelage of Don Pfaff, who has coached many athletes to the Olympic podium. Christabel will travel home now to compete at the Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic on Monday, June 8th at Swangard Stadium. Christabel will cinch her selection to Team Canada for the Pan American Games this July.
Will she break the 7.00m barrier in the long jump at the same stadium where she won the BC High School Championships years ago? Only 10 athletes in the western hemisphere have broken the magic barrier.
Christabel will have competition from former NCAA champion, Whitney Gipson of the USA who has a personal best of 6.97m. This graduate of Texas Christian University is a reporter for TCU News in Dallas.
To break the 7.00m barrier, the jumpers must have ideal conditions. A warm night plus a favourable breeze of no more that 2.0m per second. That magic moment may occur on June 8th
32 Olympians from 16 countries and 400 athletes will compete at the 32nd Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic. Tickets are $10 general admission, $25 finish line and available online at www.harryjerome.com