American Henderson snatches long jump gold

Sat Aug 13, 2016 11:48pm EDT
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By Jack Stubbs

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Jeff Henderson of the United States won gold in the men's long jump on Saturday, leaping 8.38 meters to snatch the title in the last round.

His win, edging out South Africa's Luvo Manyonga in the last round of the competition, gives the United States its 22nd long jump gold medal.

"It feels good to be in that category, to win that many medals. It feels surreal right now," Henderson told reporters at a news conference alongside Manyonga and dethroned London 2012 champion Greg Rutherford of Britain who took bronze.

As the reigning Olympic, World, Commonwealth and European champion, Rutherford had been favorite ahead of the Games.

In 2012 he stormed to the top of the Olympic podium in what British media later dubbed 'Super Saturday' when three British athletes win gold in the space of an hour.

But in Rio he scraped into the final, qualifying in 10th place, and could only jump 8.29 meters in the bid to defend his title.

"I never thought in my career I'd be disappointed with a bronze medal but I'm gutted," the 29-year-old told reporters, tears streaming down his face.

"Ultimately I didn't jump long enough today and that's very difficult for me to take," he said. "I've won a lot and today I haven't won, it's something I'm not used to."   Continued...

2016 Rio Olympics - Athletics - Final - Men's Long Final - Olympic Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 13/08/2016. Jeff Henderson (USA) of USA celebrates winning.   REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado