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Girls' long jump preview – IAAF World Youth Championships Cali 2015

World youth leader Lisa Maihofer will arrive in Cali as clearly the girl to beat in the long jump.

The 16-year-old’s ambitions to win the first title in this event for Germany are backed by a 6.42m leap from 10 May in Ulm and a 6.31m effort from Bressanone later that month, the two best leaps of those entered.

Slovenia’s Maja Bedrac, still just 15, has a 6.27m best from Bressanone where she finished second behind Maihofer and more recently sailed to 6.26m to win her national junior title. 

Tara Davis, the US youth champion, has a 6.24m leap to her credit from late May before winning the long jump and triple jump title at the US Youth Championships in Lisle. She’ll compete in both events in Cali.

Also expected to be in the medal hunt are Romania’s Georgiana Iuliana Anitei, Belarusian Viyaleta Skvartsova and Serbia’s Milica Gardasevic; all three girls have reached the same personal best distance of 6.23m this summer.

Bob Ramsak for the IAAF