PNG’s Peniel Richard finished the indoor season on a high last weekend, setting a new national indoor record of 15.56m in the Triple Jump.
Competing for West Texas A&M University at the NCAA Division 2 National Indoor Track and Field championships, Richard improved his previous best performance indoors of 15.31m in January this year.
The result earned him third place in a very close competition where Richard went into the sixth and final round in the lead after posting a 15.49m effort in his fourth jump.
However David Kizan from Lincoln Missouri with 15.61m and Abbott Dakota from Colorado (15.69m) both bettered this with their final jumps to set up a dramatic climax to the competition, and although Richard improved to 15.56 it wasn’t enough to snatch the title.
Richard also holds the Triple Jump National record outdoors of 15.51m set at the Pacific Games in Apia last year.