Lex Gillette Soars To His Fourth-Straight Long Jump World Title

By Olivia Truby | Nov. 10, 2019, 8:03 a.m. (ET)

Lex Gillete (L) and Wesley Williams (R) claimed their fourth world title in a row at the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai. 

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - On the fourth day of competition at the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships, Lex Gillette (Raleigh, North Carolina) and guide Wesley Williams (Visalia, California) continued their winning ways in the men’s long jump T11, flying to their fourth-straight world title at the Dubai Club for People of Determination.

Four in a row - Gillette and guide Williams cemented their dominance in men’s long jump. On his fourth jump of the day, Gillette soared to a championship-record distance of 6.45 meters. He and Williams first won the world title in 2013 and have held the crown since then. The duo have been working together for 12 years and currently own the world record, a mark of 6.73 set in May 2014.

Securing silvers - Jaleen Roberts (Kent, Washington) continued the success for Team USA in the long jump, taking home the T37 silver medal after flying to a distance of 4.81. Kym Crosby (Yuba City, California) concluded the night for Team USA, improving from her bronze medal in 2017 to the silver medal in the 100 T13 (12.40).

Team USA Results from Nov. 10
4 medals: 1 gold, 2 silvers, 1 bronze

Gold: Lex Gillette (Raleigh, N.C.), men’s long jump T11 (6.45)

Silver: Kym Crosby (Yuba City, Calif.), women’s 100 T13 (12.40); Jaleen Roberts (Kent, Wash.), women’s long jump T37 (4.81)

Bronze: Alexa Halko (Williamsburg, Va.), women’s 100 T34 (18.83)

Full results can be found on the World Para Athletics Championships website.

Quotes
Lex Gillette
“It’s been a long season, so we’ve been trying to make sure we do everything we can do to last until November. Over the last month or so, we’ve picked it up and picked the speed up. I went back to my normal approach. I hadn’t done my normal approach for the duration of the year, so going back to it within the past three or four weeks felt really fresh, new and exciting. We were able to come here and piece it all together.

“Tokyo is always in mind. I’m going to go home and take a few days to get my mind together and enjoy this. Then we’ll turn our mindset to going for gold in Tokyo.”

Jaleen Roberts
“I thought tonight was okay, all things considered. I think my takeoff was good every jump, but it was just a matter of getting on that board. This gives me things to work on before Tokyo 2020. I’m going to focus on my approaches as I get to the board. My takeoff is pretty good and pretty solid, but working on those pushes out of the back and being tall and fast at the end.

“The thought of being a Paralympian is pretty exciting. Since I joined in 2017, that’s all I’ve had my goals set towards. It came up so quickly. It seemed like it was just 2017 yesterday, so I’m excited.”

Looking Forward
Monday morning will kick off with Roderick Townsend (Louisville, Kentucky), Tobi Fawehinmi (Arlington, Texas) and Tanner Wright (Fort Worth, Texas) competing in the men’s long jump T46. In the evening, Daniel Romanchuk (Mount Airy, Maryland) will look to win his second world title on the track in the men’s 1500 T54.

How to Watch
Team USA fans can catch all the action of the World Para Athletics Championships on the Olympic Channel. Every evening session will be aired on Olympic Channel, while fans can stream morning sessions at OlympicChannel.com. The full schedule can be found on OlympicChannel.com.

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