Jamaican athlete Jaydon Hibbert dropped a great deal of jaws Saturday evening when he not only broke the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) indoor championship record but also demolished the outdoor record with a tremendous 17.54-meter jump on his first attempt. Jaydon did this at his first under-20 NCAA Indoor Championship.
Hibbert broke the records of now-former indoor champion Melvin Raffin from France, who achieved a 17.20-meter record, and Volker Mai from Germany, who had a 17.50. In addition, Clive Pulllen’s 2017 national indoor record was broken by Hibbert, who is now the NCAA’s collegiate record holder.
The 18-year-old athlete was born on January 18 and graduated from Kingston College High School in 2022, where he made headlines after proving that he was not only balancing his athletic lifestyle but his studies as well by attaining 7 distinctions in his CSEC exams.
Hibbert, along with his amazing new record, was posted on “teamjamaica” Instagram as a means of helping to celebrate his new world record. The caption of the post read, “Jaydon Hibbert 🇯🇲 sets new Triple jump world U20 record of 17.54M. 🔥🔥🔥”
Users quickly gravitated to the post as they saw that another Jamaican had carved their name into the history books through sports. One comment read, “Oh goodness, I got goose pimples. Congratulations,” while others were filled with flame emojis.
Hibbert has now advanced to the second round of the tournament with the lead in his hands. His new record was set in Mexico, where the championship is being held.
Watch the record-making jump below: