Message From Rio 2016 - Day 8

The 2016 U.S. Olympic men's and women's track and field team poses in front of the Olympic rings in Rio de Janeiro.

Team USA marches on, snags gold in long jump

RIO DE JANEIRO – Saturday’s morning session was all about advancement. All the American steeple women went through, all the U.S. men qualified through to the semis in the 100 meters, and the U.S. had its first woman qualify through to the final of the triple jump since 1996.

It is easy to sit back and think these are automatic or simple things, but rounds can take their toll and eliminate incredibly talented people; yesterday Team USA did its job and prepared well for the rounds to come.

During the evening session, there were several highlights.

In the long jump, Team USA’s Jeff Henderson rocketed from fourth to first in his final attempt, in a personal best distance of 8.38m (27 feet, 6 inches). Though others, including defending Olympic champion Greg Rutherford, had last chances to defeat the mark, Henderson’s huge leap ensured him the gold medal. The atmosphere in the stadium was electric, the crowd roaring for every jump, to the point that the men’s 800m was held to accommodate the end of the long jump competition.

The American duo of Boris Berian and Clayton Murphy both ran smart, fast races to advance automatically to the 800m final. Murphy recorded a PR effort to earn his berth. And of course, Team USA’s Torie Bowie ran a 10.83 to win the silver medal in the women’s 100m.

Another good day in the books here in Brazil. 

Vin Lananna
2016 Olympic Head Coach – Men’s Track and Field

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