Saturday, August 13, 2016

Andrea Geubelle finishes 21st in women's triple jump at the Olympics...

RIO DE JANEIRO—University Place resident Andrea Geubelle (left/photo courtesy NBC Olympics) finished 21st overall and 11th in her flight in the women’s triple jump Saturday morning at the Estádio Olímpico João Havelange.

The Curtis HS graduate jumped a best of 45-8.5 (13.93m) and missed the cut to advance to Sunday’s finals. US Olympic Trials champion Keturah Orji’s mark of 46-2.5 (14.08m) was good enough to make the finals.

Geubelle, the 12th jumper in the flight, started round one with a jump of 44-10.25 (13.67m) on the super-fast runway at Estádio Olímpico, 

In round two, Andrea fouled, then just came up short of the 14-meter mark in round 3 with her jump of 45-8.5 (13.93m).

In the mixed zone afterwards, she told USA Track & Field, "I've been dealing with a few little bumps and bruises throughout the season, but I felt great coming out. I was a bit nervous, which is normal.”

“My first jump, I was definitely a little safe. I learned you can't do that at the Olympics. You have to go for it. First jump was a little short, so I adjusted my steps a bit. The runway is super fast and I'm really fast, so controlling that is something I definitely need to work on and we'll get there.” 

“Second jump, I took my speed through the board and fouled a little bit. The whole day was a lot of adjustments, which is never fun when you don't feel confident on the board. I told myself I'd give it my all and I did. I'm here and I'm excited to see what the next years hold." 

In other action this morning, all three of the USA men’s 100 meter dash competitors—Justin Gatlin, Trayvon Bromell, and Marvin Bracy advanced to Saturday night’s semis. 

All three of the USA’s steeplechasers—Emma Coburn, and the Portland based Bowerman TC’s Colleen Quigley and Courtney Frerichs advanced to the finals on Monday, while British Columbia native Maria Bernard ran 9:50.17 and did not advance.

Former Oregon standout Phyllis Francis had the fastest time in the women’s 400, running 50.58, as the other two Americans—Allyson Felix and Natasha Hastings advanced to the next round on Sunday.

In the one final contested, Germany’s Christoph Harting threw a personal best of 224-3 (68.37m) in the penultimate throw of the competition to overtake leader Piotr Malachowski of Poland, whose 221-7 (67.55m) from round 2 almost held up for the win.

Competition continues later on Saturday with the final two events of the women’s heptathlon, and finals in the men’s long jump, men’s 10000, and women’s 100.

NOTE:  USA Track & Field and the IAAF contributed to this report.

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