“J” high into the spotlight 2007-10-30  MAIGOC

The famous “J” shape was formed gracefully this morning by female high jumpers in one of the Pentathlon Games at Macao East Asian Games Dome.

The competition, also regarded as a performance, appeared to be a pleasant surprise for the spectators, especially the pupils who even jumped up while the athletes were making the take-off position. Dressing in her bright blue outfit, Naumenko Irina from Kazakhstan almost made no mistake during her performance. By creating her unique “J” toward the cross bar, this Kazakh lady has been caught the attention.

However, her rivals from Thailand and China did not seem to let her steal the show alone. They also managed to correctly measure their steps and concentrate on the transition into the curve phase. As well, their bouncy and gazelle like running form definitely attracted the eyeballs in the arena.

Ranking 1st, 2nd, 3rd in high jump, the three athletes from Kazakhstan, Thailand and China all made it to 1.75m. The youngest competitor from Vietnam is only 18.

The word “Pentathlon” derives from Greek words for “five competitions” and pentathletes are usually considered to be among the most skillful athletes. In the Games, five athletes shall compete in 60m Hurdles, High Jump, Shot Put, Long Jump and 800m.