Akela Jones Third After Day One of Olympics Heptathlon

MANHATTAN, Kan.Akela Jones posted a strong mark on day one of the heptathlon at the 2016 Olympic Games, scoring 3,964 points to finish in third place after four events at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Friday. 

“For her to be in third place after the first day in her first Olympic Games and her sixth heptathlon of her life is impressive,” Kansas State head coach and Jones’ personal coach Cliff Rovelto said. “There is a lot more there, which speaks to her promising future.”

Jones opened her first Olympic Games in fine fashion, taking second in heat four of the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 13.00, which was also good for second overall in the event, for 1,124 points. Great Britain’s Jessica Ennis-Hill won the first event of the heptathlon with a time of 12.84.

The St. Michael, Barbados, native then overcame adversity in the high jump, clearing two bars on her final attempts, to post a strong mark of 1.89m/6-02.25, earning 1,093 points to finish in fourth place in the event. After the first two events, Jones sat in fourth place with 2,217 points. 

“Her time in the hurdles was her second fastest time ever and she ran it in a light drizzle,” Rovelto said. “The high jump result was solid but she really had to fight to get that result.”

During the afternoon session, she recorded a fifth-place finish in the shot put with a throw of 14.09m/46-02.75 which was good for 800 points. The mark moved Jones back into third place overall in the heptathlon with 3,017 points. 

In the 200 meter dash, Jones finished in eighth place in her heat and 13th place overall with a time of 24.35 to earn 947 points. After four events, she sits in third place in the overall heptathlon competition with a first-day score of 3,964 points. 

“Her mark in shot put was okay, but I feel like she was rushing a little bit,” Rovelto added. “In the 200, her result was not indicative of her fitness. She did not get out and tightened up working too hard to get back in it.”

Jones resumes competition on Saturday morning at 9:45 a.m. CT with the heptathlon long jump. Live results, as well as the live stream for the competition, can be found by clicking here

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2016 Olympics Games
Olympic Stadium
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Heptathlon 100 Meter Hurdles
2. Akela Jones – 13.00 (1,124 points)

Heptathlon High Jump
4. Akela Jones – 1.89m/6-02.25 (1,093 pts.)

Heptathlon Shot Put
5. Akela Jones – 14.09m/46-02.75 (800 pts.)

Heptathlon 200 Meter Dash
13. Akela Jones – 24.35 (947 pts.)

Heptathlon Score
3. Akela Jones – 3,964 pts.