Twins fail to make the final

DOHA, Qatar — After coming into these world championships with high hopes and aspirations, the Collie-Minns twins couldn’t put it together when it mattered the most, finishing 28th and 30th overall in the men’s triple jump last night.

Both came up well short of the top 12 or automatic qualifying distance of 17.10 meters (m) – 56’ 1-1/4”.

Latario finished with a best leap of 16.26m (53’ 4-1/4”) for 28th, and Lathone ended up 30th with his best distance of 15.89m (52’ 1-3/4”).

Their experience at the 17th International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships at the Khalifa International Stadium here in Doha, Qatar, is now over after just one day of competition.

“I believe I just tried to force it a bit and that didn’t work out in my favor, but I can’t make excuses,” Latario said.

“I just didn’t go out there and get it done.

“Hopefully we could both take this setback and learn from it. We just have to keep training and keep trying to get better.”

Going into their final jumps, Latario needed a jump of 16.87m (55’ 4-1/4”) or better to crack the top 12. He was well over the board, scratching his final attempt. Needing the same distance, Lathone was a full 16 centimeters short of the board and could only leap 15.89m.

“I’m grateful that we came here and competed. I have a lot of things to work on, and hopefully the second time around will be different,” said Lathone.

Lathone was making his first world championships appearance while Latario represented the country at the 15th IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. He finished 23rd overall in that competition with a leap of 16.21m (53’ 2-1/4”).

In his series of jumps on Friday, Latario, who was the first jumper in the competition, leapt 16.26m and then scratched on his final two attempts. Lathone leapt 15.62m (51’ 3”) on his first attempt, 13.50m (44’ 3-1/2”) after bailing out in the jump part of the leap, and then finished up with his best leap of 15.89m.

“My first jump, I was trying to feel it out and I tried to improve with the other two jumps but I just kept scratching,” said Latario. “I think I was rushing it a bit and not really doing what I practiced. I was more relaxed than any other competition I went to but just couldn’t put it together.”

Lathone said it’s a learning experience for him. He’s looking to rebound from it and hopefully qualify for next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

“The last two jumps I was too far behind the board and didn’t get to finish like I wanted to. This is my first big international meet, so there were some jitters but I just went out there and did the best that I could do. I believe I could have PRed (did a personal best) with that last jump but I couldn’t get on the board like I wanted to,” he said. “Latario had some big jumps but he just fouled them. Hopefully we could both come back and qualify for the Olympics next year.”

The 25-year-old Bahamian jumping twins would have to each jump 17.14m (56’ 3”) during the qualifying period in order to qualify for next year’s Olympic Games.

Latario has a personal best leap of 17.18m (56’ 4-1/2”) which was done four years ago, and a season’s best leap of 17.04m (55’ 11”) which was done at the 12th Fritz Grant Track and Field Classic in May. Lathone had a personal best leap of 16.99m (55’ 9”) at the 12th Diana Lynn Thompson Roadrunners Track and Field Meet in February.

Latario and Lathone both had tremendous success as junior athletes competing for The Bahamas, going as high as gold and bronze respectively at the 2011 IAAF World Under-18 Championships in Lille, France, but they could never really duplicate that success on the senior level.

As mentioned, they were only able to muster 28th and 30th place finishes last evening among a field of 33 jumpers.

They both intend to shut down their seasons and begin preparation for next year. 

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Sheldon Longley

Sheldon Longley joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2001 as a sports reporter. He was promoted to sports editor in 2008. Sheldon has an extensive background in sports reporting. He covered three Olympic Games and three world championships, along with multiple smaller regional and local games.

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