ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Moments after Tori Franklin saw her women’s U.S. indoor triple jump record fall Friday in the USA Track and Field Indoor Championships, she took it back.
Franklin went 48-feet, 1/2-inch on her final jump to surpass Keturah Orji’s jump of 47-10¾ from her second attempt and win the event.
“Let’s bleeping go,” Franklin said she told herself after seeing Orji’s leap. “It was amazing. I had help from a fellow triple jumper – shout out to Donald Scott. He helped me realize some things I wasn’t doing to the best of my ability within my jump and so I made that made small adjustment and it just came together.”
Still, it came down to the final jump.
“If you watch me compete, you know that I dance and I get emotional and so I knew that if was to do that on my last attempt, I would foul or do something crazy,” Franklin said. “I really just calmed down, focused on what I needed to do and let it run. Afterwards, I said, ‘Oh, I’m done, I can dance now.’”