Harry Jerome Classic: Christabel Nettey seeking longer jumps and setting bigger goals

Johnston Heights grad Christabel Nettey credits her coach for new consistency


Christabel Nettey competes in the long jump during the Prefontaine Classic track and field meet in Eugene, Ore., where she recorded a leap of 6.99 metres. — The Asociated Press files Photograph by: Don Ryan , AP


Long jumper Christabel Nettey is on the rise.

The 24-year-old from Surrey signed on with noted American coach Dan Pfaff and the World Athletics Center club team in Phoenix two years ago, and she’s made a rapid ascent into the ultra elite.

Nettey has three of the top six jumps in the world so far this season, highlighted by her 6.99 metre leap at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore., last weekend. That not only tied American Tianna Bartoletta for the best performance of the campaign, but it also bettered the Canadian outdoor record that Nettey set on April 18 at the Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut, Calif., where she leapt 6.98 metres. As well, it was identical to Nettey’s national indoor record, which she set Feb. 19 in Stockholm.

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