Olympic Bronze Medal for Bahamian Leevan Sands in Triple Jump
Aug 20, 2008 - 10:34:40 PM

Bahamas' Leevan Sands competes in the men's triple jump final during the athletics competitions in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008.

Aug. 21, 2008, BEIJING, China - Leevan
Sands was a surprise medalist in the triple jump, setting a Bahamian national record with a leap of 17.59 meters (57-8.5) to finish third. Sands entered the competition ranked eighth in the world this year with a personal best of 17.29 meters, and his personal best of 17.50 meters was set back in 2002. He finished just three centimeters behind the silver medalist and eight centimeters behind the winner, Nelson √Čvora of Portugal. H is winning jump came on his third attempt and was well beyond his second-best mark of 17.32 meters (56-10).

BEIJING - AUGUST 21: Leevan Sands of Bahamas competes in the Men's Triple Jump Final held at the National Stadium during Day 13 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 21, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)


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