Fincham-Dukes smashes best to qualify for World U-20 Champs

NADV 1407011AM3 Jacob Fincham-Dukes. Picture : Adrian Murray. (1407011AM3)

NADV 1407011AM3 Jacob Fincham-Dukes. Picture : Adrian Murray. (1407011AM3)

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Teenage long-jumper Jacob Fincham-Dukes leapt into contention for global glory after securing a massive lifetime best at the national championships.

Fincham-Dukes jumped out to 7.61metres in the final round at the England Athletics U20 Championships last month to break his personal best by more than 40 centimetres.

The jump, with a legal wind reading of +1.7, put the St John Fisher School pupil top of the British U-20 rankings and ranked him the third best under 18 in the world.

It was also the 20th best distance recorded by an U-20 Great British long-jumper in history.

And with it, the 17-year-old, from Harrogate, secured a place in the Great British squad that will travel to the United States later this month for the World Junior Athletics Championships

The City of Leeds athlete has just completed his AS levels and will remain at St. John Fisher next year to complete his studies.

Paul Jackson, St John Fisher School headteacher, said: “His supreme athletic gifts have brought great credit both to him and to his school.

“He is a highly focussed individual, committed to both his sport and his academic studies.  He is also delightfully modest and understated about his achievements.

“He richly deserves to succeed”.