Janry Ubas eyeing one good leap to Asian Video games podium and Paris

Asian Games - Hangzhou 2022 - Athletics - Olympic Sports Centre Stadium, Hangzhou, China - September 30, 2023 Philippines' Janryv Ubas in action during the men's long jump qualification - group B

Janry Ubas (photograph above) has each purpose to be assured of a podium end. —REUTERS

HANGZHOU, China—Only one unbelievable soar, one he’s able to anyway.

That’s all it’ll take for Janry Ubas to make the rostrum within the nineteenth Asian Video games (Asiad) right here.

The present Southeast Asian Video games males’s lengthy soar champion and record-holder is hoping to seek out that further spring in his legs not solely to win a medal in Asiad athletics however to fulfill the qualifying leap for subsequent yr’s Olympics in Paris as effectively.

“It’s doable. On an excellent day, I consider I could make it,’’ stated Ubas in Filipino after sneaking into the finals of his occasion scheduled on Sunday.

Amid the drizzle and fog on the Hangzhou Olympic Sports activities Centre, the 29-year-old from Misamis Oriental leapt to a size of seven.79 meters (m) within the qualifier on Saturday for a spot within the gold-medal chase.

That strong leap put in Ubas at third general behind China’s Shi Yuhao (8.14m) and second-placer Sreeshankar of India (7.97m) going into the eight-man closing.

Vaulting to victory on an excellent day isn’t fully inconceivable.

Uncommon victory

Simply three months in the past in Bangkok, Chinese language Taipei’s Lin Yu-tang pulled off a uncommon victory within the Asian athletics championships with a meet document of 8.40m that earned him the gold. It was a distance the Taiwanese had by no means leapt to earlier than. Lin’s fortunate soar propelled him to an automated spot within the Paris Summer time Video games.

Lin additionally certified for the finals right here after touchdown fourth on Saturday with a leap of seven.70m.

“A medal could be good, however I’m additionally concentrating on the Olympic commonplace,’’ stated Ubas, additionally a males’s decathlon silver medalist within the Cambodia SEA Video games early this yr.

It’s much less of a stretch for Ubas to make that fortunate leap to the rostrum as he owns the SEA Video games document of 8.08m already. Though the 8.27 Olympic qualification mark continues to be manner off, Ubas is assured that his rankings will go north earlier than the Paris window closes a month previous to the quadrennial world showpiece.

Presently at No. 53 on the planet, the a number of SEA Video games medalist in lengthy soar and decathlon constructed his confidence on a pair of victories in Europe previous to his Asiad stint.

“He solely wants one fortunate soar. A medal is feasible if he can equal and even surpass his greatest,’’ stated De Rosas, who handles the coaching of Ubas.

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Ubas received the Triveneto Assembly Internazionale in Trieste, Italy in late July and clinched the Motonet Grand Prix Lappeenranta in Finland three days earlier. INQ


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