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Trevor Barry Opens Indoor Season With Meet Record

'GOLDEN boy' Trevor Barry won the high jump in a new Bison Invitational meet record of 7' 4 1/2" (2m.25) to open his 2012 indoor season at Fargo, North Dakota. He had held the previous record of 7'3" since 2008. His coach Keith Parker had travelled there for the meet. "Trevor has been following a demanding weight and sprint programme for the past three months. This was his first time jumping since last September and although his timing was a little off, he had some great clearances." Barry said it was important for him to have Coach Parker for his opening competition. "We spent hours analysing film and deciding on the technical aspects of my jumps which could be improved. I felt as though I had lost a lot of rhythm in the approaches, although my increased strength still allowed me to jump quite high - only two centimeters below my best ever indoor performance. "I am going to Europe for five meets, beginning on January 28 and expect to clear some good heights," he added. Coach Parker agreed and said he expects Barry to jump 7' 8" or even higher. "He's definitely capable of these heights now." Barry is scheduled to leave for several meets in Europe on January 28 as he prepares for the World Indoor Championship in Turkey March 9-11. Barry rose to both local and international prominence in 2011. His season earned the top award from the BAAA - named after world class high jumper Charlie Major from the 1920s. Trevor Barry won the bronze medal in his specialty at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea. Barry, with a best of 2.29m (7'7-1/4") when he arrived in Korea, improved his best to 2.32m (7'7-3/4"). After Daegu, Barry medalled in several European meets. Barry also won the high jump at the Central American and Caribbean Sr Championships in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.

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