Kneel Jump ends in personal bests for both gold medalists

Above: Slow motion video of a few of the athlete's competing in the Kneel Jump

Kneel Jump gold medalist Wilton Charles up at the podium.

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - First off for the 2017 Native Olympic Games was the Kneel Jump, in which athletes start in a kneeling position and must jump as far as possible in one movement.

Traditionally, the event tested a person's ability to get up as fast as possible from a cracking ice floe.

Winning the men's competition with a jump of 64.5 inches was Wilton Charles with the Lower Kuskokwim School District. He said the winning jump was a personal best for him.

"It feels amazing," Charles told Channel 2 after accepting his medal at the podium. "I've been working hard for this since the third grade."

Winning the men's competition with a jump of 51.5 inches was Kaye Gumera from Unalaska. She also said the performance was a personal best.

"I was just hoping to get a personal best, I really didn't expect to win," she said. "I'm very excited!"

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