Quanesha Burks jumps in the Women’s Long Jump at the London Diamond League event. Special to the Enquirer/ Matthew Quine

Burks takes top spot in London Diamond League long jump

Hartselle graduate Quanesha Burks took the top spot in the Wanda Diamond League event held in London on Sunday.

She jumped a personal best 6.98 meters to win the event. She finished .26 meters ahead of Australian Brooke Buschkuehl and fellow American Tara Davis-Woodhall, who jumped 6.72 meters.

“It feels amazing, especially when just the other day we were in Monaco, and I missed the finals by one spot,” Burks said to the league. “This just shows with this sport if you can be physically and mentally ready because it was terrible missing the final but coming back a day later, coming to London with a personal best and a win at the London Diamond League.”

Burks’ next time out will be in the 2023 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Aug.19-27.

“Building from here for Budapest, I’m not far off seven meters, so I just need to prepare and lock in for the World Championships mentally,” she continued.

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