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Tim White just short of Pan Am triple jump title

Posted: August 25, 2013 9:58 p.m.
Updated: August 25, 2013 9:58 p.m.
 

College of the Canyons sophomore Tim White couldn’t possibly have come any closer to winning an international triple jump title on Sunday.

Despite jumping a lifetime best distance of 54 feet, 1 1/4 inches, he lost a tiebreaker and ended up taking second place at the Pan American Junior Championships in Medellin, Colombia.

White, a Hart graduate, was beaten out by Cuba’s Lazaro Martinez, who jumped the exact same distance in the competition.

The tiebreaker was determined by each athlete’s second jump attempt, which gave the edge to Martinez.

Martinez came in after winning the World Youth championship in the event in July.

This week’s Pan Am Championships featured the top junior athletes throughout North and South America and the Caribbean Islands.

White qualified for the event by winning the U.S. Junior National Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the triple jump on June 20 with a mark of 53-1. It was a personal best at the time.

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