Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Title a Long Time Coming for Jacinta

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Title a Long Time Coming for Jacinta

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Byline: PAUL MUNNINGS

A NIGHT like Friday night has been a long time coming for long jumper Jacinta Boyd.

A former Sunshine Coast Junior Sports Star of the Year, the now 23-year-old has had to fight on through injuries since the start of 2006.

Her talent was undoubted, but she wasn't getting the chance to show it.

But on Friday night, at the end of a largely injury-free Australian season, Boyd captured her first national open title, leaping 6.40 metres in Brisbane to beat Western Australia's Larissa Perry by 0.28m.

Brother Matt added to the Boyd medal haul with a bronze in the men's pole vault.

"It has been a pretty crappy couple of years," Jacinta admitted yesterday.

"I broke my foot in January, 2006, and haven't been able to produce a PB since then.

"I picked up tendonitis in the knee on my other leg and it snowballed from there. Everything started to go wrong."

Those negative times now appear to well behind Boyd, who has had a very consistent Australian circuit, highlighted not only by the national title but also a 6. …

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