On May 21, 22-year-old Dongguan local, Wu Ruiting took the first position in Triple Jump Men at the IAAF World Challenge Golden Grand Prix 2017 Kawasaki in Japan. With 17.18 meters, he reached his personal best and broke the competition’s record.
Born in Dalang Town, Wu already showed an athletic gift since youth. Influenced by his father, he fell in love with basketball and joined the school’s basketball team. Perhaps for this reason, he had already grown to 1.7 meters when he was just 12 years old, a head taller than his peers and finally reached nearly two meters. Step by step, he advanced to municipal, then provincial sports school, and finally, gained professional training. Before his talent of jumping was discovered, he had been taught to sprint for two years, which actually laid a solid foundation for his triple jump career. He feels lucky to be finally doing something he’s good at.
Wu’s success was not random. As early as the 1960s, basketball was a prevalent sport in the modest 100 square km town. Every village had their own basketball team and matches among them were constantly held. Wu’s father remained the core member of his village team and obtained good results. “My accomplishment today can’t be reached without my parents’ support,” said Wu. “They always backed me up throughout these years.”