NATHAN Douglas had to be satisfied with sixth place in the triple jump at the inaugural Athletics World Cup, writes STUART WEIR.

The 35-year-old produced a best jump of 16.24m at the London Stadium.

But the Oxford City AC athlete struggled on the runway and two of his four jumps were fouls.

The competition winner was Poland’s Karol Hoffmann with 16.74m.

Douglas was content with his performance as he prepares for next month’s European Championships in Berlin, which take place from August 7-12.

He said: “It was a tough competition.

"Part of it was adapting to the surface.

"Because the runway was on a raised platform there was that bit of movement and it was bouncy for jumpers.

“That means that if you mistime it a little, it takes all of your energy and you don’t get the next stage – and that is what kept happening for me at the end of the hop.

“I felt I was starting to get it but couldn’t quite catch what I needed."

Douglas added: “16.24 isn’t great, but it’s OK.

“I take it because it’s another competition in the bag as I look forward towards the European Championships.

“Just continuing to compete is a nice stepping stone towards Berlin and will help me to dust off some of the bits I need to work on.”