By David Saunders | UPDATED: 05:28, 24 January 2020
PUMA has signed current long jump World Champion Tajay Gayle. He recently competed at the 2019 Doha World Athletics Championships where he took home the gold medal for his 8.69m mark, making him the first Jamaican athlete to win first place in the long jump at a World Championship.
“Tajay is one of the best young talents out there”, said Pascal Rolling, Head of Running Sports Marketing for PUMA. “He recently accomplished a great feat during the recent World Champs, and we are sure he will perform great during 2020. He shares all of our brand values, making him the perfect new addition to our roster of Track and Field athletes.”
“I’m so honored and happy to join the PUMA family, just like Usain Bolt,” said Tajay. “I’ve been working hard since I was a kid to accomplish my objectives, and this is definitedly one of them. I can’t explain how exciting this is for me. This new stage will allow me to prove everyone that I’m the best in the game.”
Tajay comes from a small community in Eastern St. Andrew, Jamaica, he started his carrer trying out different dicisplines, including decathlon, until he found his love for long jump.
This happened by chance during one of his training sessions. That day the mat of the high jump was wet, making it hard for him to do a safe landing. His coach made him do long jump practice instead. After this blessing in disguise, he’s been unstoppable.