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Henderson takes LJ gold, Bowie earns 100m silver


RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL -- Jeff Henderson prevailed in a thrilling long jump competition to take Team USA’s first gold since 2004, while Tori Bowie came from behind to claim silver in the women’s 100 meters Saturday night at Olympic Stadium.

Gold in the clutch for Henderson

Saving his best for last, Henderson (North Little Rock, Arkansas) sailed to an 8.38m/27-6 on his final attempt to take gold in the men’s long jump. It was the 22nd gold in the event for Team USA in Olympic history, but the first since Dwight Phillips in 2004. Jarrion Lawson (Texarkana, Texas) finished just out of the medals in fourth with a best of 8.25m/27-0.75. Lawson’s final jump - the last jump of the competition - looked like it was enough to take the gold, but he dragged his left hand and came away with a mark of 7.78m/25-6.25.

Henderson (8.20m/26-11) and Lawson (8.19m/26-10.5) were 1-2 after the first round of jumping, but reigning Olympic champion Greg Rutherford inched ahead early in round three. Lawson improved by six centimeters on his third jump to take the lead at 8.25m/27-0.75. South Africa’s Luvo Manyonga surprised with an 8.28m/27-2 in the fourth frame, overtaking Lawson, and he added to that lead with an 8.37m/27-5.5 on his next attempt. Manyonga finished second and Rutherford third.

Bowie silver in Olympic debut

In the deepest women’s 100m in history, Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson romped to a 10.71 to win and Tori Bowie (Sandhill, Mississippi) made up ground over the final 20m to outlean two-time defending champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica for the silver in 10.83. English Gardner (Voorhees Township, New Jersey) struggled in the first 30 meters but still ran the fastest-ever seventh-place time in 10.94.

Bowie had easily qualified for the final with a 10.90 semifinal win, turning in a top time after a slow start, while Gardner got out very well and cruised in for a time of 10.90 to finish second in her section.

Tianna Bartoletta (Elyria, Ohio) was fourth in the second semifinal in 11.00 and did not advance.

Rupp finishes fifth in U.S. Olympic record

After 15 laps of a relatively easy pace of 65-66 seconds per lap, defending silver medalist Galen Rupp (Portland, Oregon) and his training partner, defending gold medalist Mo Farah of Great Britain, tangled legs, and Farah fell to the track. Rupp seemed to wait for his Farah, and the duo assumed a position in the midpack.

At the 8000m mark, Farah moved to the front with Paul Tanui of Kenya, Tamirat Tola of Ethiopia and Rupp following behind him. Starting to drop 60-61 second final laps, the foursome of Yigram Demelash of Ethiopia, Tola, Tanui and Farah seemed to seal the battle for podium contention, as Rupp couldn’t keep with the torrid pace.

Courtesy of a 55.37 final 400m, Farah defended his 10,000m gold and his training partner Rupp settled for fifth in 27:08.92, the fastest ever by an American at the Games. Leonard Korir (Colorado Springs, Colorado) was 14th for Team USA in 27:35.65 and Shadrack Kipchirchir (Portland, Oregon) was 19th in 27:58.32. Rupp will contest the marathon on Sunday, August 21.

Berian, Murphy qualify for men’s 800 final

World Indoor champion Boris Berian (Colorado Springs, Colorado) was very controlled in the second semifinal, running with Kenya’s Alfred Kipketer through 400m in 50.73 and 600m in 1:17.70. Kipketer went ahead the final stretch to win in 1:44.38, with Berian an easy second in 1:44.56.

Olympic Trials winner Clayton Murphy (New Paris, Ohio) ran in the middle of the pack in the third semi as reigning Olympic champion David Rudisha led through 400m in 51.61. Murphy stayed out of trouble on the inside as he moved up to third with 200m to go and was much stronger than Poland’s Adam Kszczot down the homestretch to finish second in a lifetime-best 1:44.30, also advancing.

Merritt set for epic 400 showdown

The first semifinal of the men’s 400 pitted the last two Olympic champions against each other. The race between 2008 champion LaShawn Merritt (Portsmouth, Virginia) and 2012 gold medalist Grenada’s Kirani James didn’t disappoint. Both men were very quickly away and shared the lead over the first 200m. James inched ahead marginally around the final bend and won in 44.02, and Merritt cruised in over the last 100m to advance in 44.21.

Running the fastest non-qualifying time in Olympic history, Gil Roberts (Oklahoma City) finished fourth in the third semi in 44.65, while David Verburg (Lynchburg, Virginia) was fifth in the second section in 45.61. Neither will be in the final.

Clean slate boosts Kendricks into pole vault final

Four vaults and four clearances put Sam Kendricks (Oxford, Mississippi) atop the standings in the men’s pole vault qualifying, with a best of 5.70m/18-8.25. Kendricks, the World Indoor silver medalist in March, opened at 5.30m/17-4.5 and then easily sailed over 5.45m/17-10.5 and 5.60m/18-4.5. He was the only athlete without a miss in the competition. Cale Simmons (Rocklin, California) and Logan Cunningham (Smithson Valley, Texas) cleared 5.30m/17-4.5 to tie for 28th.

Nwaba leads U.S. effort in heptathlon

Team USA’s three heptathletes produced the best top-to-bottom point totals for U.S. athletes since the 1992 Games in Barcelona. Barbara Nwaba (Los Angeles) was the high-point American, winning the second section of the 800m in 2:11.61 to move up to 12th place with a score 05 6,309 points. The fastest time overall was turned in by Heather Miller-Koch (Columbus, Wisconsin), who ran a personal best 2:06.82 to tally 6,213 for 18th place, one spot behind Kendell Williams (Kennesaw, Georgia), who ended up 17th with 6,221.

Nwaba had the best javelin mark of the trio, throwing 46.85m/153-8, with Williams notching a 40.93m/134-3 best and Miller-Koch a 40.25m/132-0.


U.S. athletes after javelin: 14. Nwaba (5,368); 16. Williams (5,346); 22. Miller-Koch (5,201)

U.S. athletes after 800m: 12. Nwaba (6,309); 17. Williams (6,221); 18. Miller-Koch (6,213)

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Gold (2)

Michelle Carter, Women’s SP, 20.63m/67-8.25 AR (8/12)

Jeffrey Henderson, Men’s LJ, 8.38m/27-6 (8/13)

Silver (1)

Tori Bowie, Women’s 100m, 10.83 (8/13)

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