Every athlete dreams of closing their career with a bang. To leave the sport they dedicated much of their lives to on top. This goes for potential National Track & Field Hall of Famers as well.
Dwight Phillips will be faced with the rarest of chances Friday. He has the opportunity to earn his fifth World Outdoor Championship gold medal in the men’s long jump at the IAAF World Outdoor Championships in Moscow, Russia, and place his name into elite company. A fifth world title in the event would tie him for the second most World Outdoor Championships gold medals all-time.
He is currently tied with Cuba’s Ivan Pedroso with four World Outdoor titles in the men’s long jump. Phillips won titles in 2003, 2005, 2009 and 2011.
It would be the latest in a brilliant hall of fame career for Phillips. In addition to his four World Outdoor titles, Phillips is most known for his gold performance at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. He also owns a World Indoor gold medal and one World Outdoor bronze medal. He has spent 274 weeks ranked as the top long jumper in the world.
It’s a brilliant career with the chance for more in Moscow.
You can follow Philips competing Friday in the men’s long jump final and full recaps and results from all of Team USA as it competes in the IAAF World Outdoor Championships on www.usatf.org.