Jeff Henderson narrowly wins long jump gold medal

Jeff Henderson

Gold: Jeff Henderson (United States)
Silver: Luvo Manyonga (South Africa)
Bronze: Greg Rutherford (Great Britain)

Jeff Henderson won the long jump gold medal by the smallest of margins on Saturday. He became the first U.S. man to win an Olympic long jump title since Dwight Phillips in 2004.

Henderson’s best jump, 8.38m (27 feet, 6 inches), was just one centimeter better than Luvo Manyonga’s mark.

Greg Rutherford, the 2012 Olympic champion, claimed the bronze medal in Rio.

U.S. long jumper Jarrion Lawson finished fourth. Lawson was the 2016 NCAA champion in the 100m, 200m and long jump for the University of Arkansas.

The women’s long jump competition begins Tuesday. American Brittney Reese is the defending Olympic champion. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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