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There are breakthroughs, and then there are performances that completely level expectations. Yesterday, Tori Franklin enjoyed the latter.
Amid an incredible series that contained five personal-best efforts over 14.50m, Franklin broke the American record in the triple jump and set a new 2018 world lead with a massive 14.84-meter leap at the Meeting Athlétisme Guadeloupe:
I got you pic.twitter.com/WQS1IFb6E8— Jordin Andrade (@jordinandrade) May 13, 2018
Franklin, 25, exceeded the former record of 14.71m, set by collegiate phenom Keturah Orji of Georgia, twice in her series—first, with the 14.84-meter giant, then again on her third jump, which was recorded at 14.78m. Orji's mark has stood since the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, where she took fourth with her U.S. record-breaking leap.
Franklin's 2018 outdoor season has seen her jump six of her top-10 series bests, per stats site Tilastopaja. Prior to her American record yesterday, Franklin's biggest breakthrough happened in March at the Texas Relays, where she smashed her previous PR of 14.15m with a 14.48-meter effort.
Tori Franklin's top-10 triple jump series bests (legal):
|14.84||1||Guadeloupe||12 May 2018|
|14.48 1.0||1||Austin TX||30 Mar 2018|
|14.15Ai||1||Albuquerque NM||17 Feb 2018|
|14.03 0.9||13q||London||5 Aug 2017|
|14.03i||8||Birmingham||3 Mar 2018|
|13.93 -1.1||-||Torrance CA||21 Apr 2018|
|13.88i||1||Notre Dame IN||3 Feb 2018|
|13.86Ai||1||Albuquerque NM||5 Mar 2017|
|13.80 -0.2||2||Sacramento CA||22 Jun 2017|
|13.78 -0.1||1||Pátra||1 Jul 2017|
Franklin, a Michigan State alum, signed with Oiselle in 2015.