With the Spanish adapted athletics season officially having gotten underway yesterday at the Control Absoluto y Cto. de España de Menores de Invierno in the Valencian town of Alfaz del Pi, Spain’s Xavi Porras has set an important qualifying jump in the men’s T11 long jump with a distance of 6.06 meters. The A-Qualifying distance is 5.60 meters.
During the winter break, three-time Paralympian made changes to his approach to the jump, changing from sixteen strides to eighteen. In a media release, Porras said he hopes this new approach will give him distances of 6.40 to 6.50 meters and put him in contention for a medal in the Rio. The best jump so far in the qualification period to date has been 6.67 meters, a jump made by the United States’s Lex Gillette at last year’s Parapan American Games in Toronto. The next best jump was made by Brazil’s Ricardo Costa de Oliveira for a distance of 6.33 meters. The third best jump was 6.27 meters made at least year’s IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha by Azerbaijan’s Elchin Muradov. Porras had already set an A-Qualifying jump of 5.89 meters at the same competition.
To date, Porras only Paralympic medal was a bronze at the 2008 Games in the men’s T11 triple jump, an event not on the program in Rio. His best finish at the London Games was in the long jump where he finished fifth on a jump of 6.08 meters and another fifth place finish in the triple jump with a distance of 12.19 meters. Porras so far has qualified for three events in Rio: the long jump, 100 meters and 200 meters.