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Jeff Henderson narrowly wins long jump gold medal

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

Henderson became the first U.S. man to win an Olympic long jump title since Dwight Phillips in 2004. 

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 long jump champion for the University of Arkansas. 

The women’s long jump competition begins Tuesday. American Brittney Reese is the defending Olympic champion.


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