Gayle leaps into Puma family
Long jump world champion Tajay Gayle is the latest Jamaican athlete to join the Puma family. The global sports brand today announced the Papine High school alum as the newest member of their track and field portfolio.
In a release, head of running sports marketing for Puma, Pascal Rolling, said that the 23 year-old is a superb new addition to the brand.
“Tajay is one of the best young athletes out there. He shares all of our brand values, making him the perfect new addition to our roster of track and field athletes,” he said.
Gayle said that the sponsorship will give him the backing necessary to maintain a high level in the sport.
“I’m so honoured and happy to join the Puma family just like Usain Bolt. I’ve working hard since I was a kid to accomplish my objectives, and this is definitely one of them,” he said. “This new stage will allow me to prove to everyone that I am the best in the game.”
Gayle set a new national record of 8.69m en route to winning gold at the World Athletic Championships in Doha, Qatar last year, becoming the first Jamaican to win a world title in the event. His distance is also the 10th best jump of all time. Gayle’s 2019 season culminated with him winning the RJRGLEANER Sportsman of the Year award last Friday at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel. During his acceptance speech he thanked his new sponsors as he prepares for the 2020 season which will be headlined by the Olympic Games in July.
“I’d like to thank my sponsors Puma for coming along this journey with me. As I prepare for Tokyo 2020 I will need all the support that I can get,” he said.
He joined former record holder James Beckford as the only long jumper to cop the Sportsman of the Year award.