Olympics: Jeff Henderson wins long jump gold by just one centimetre

Jeff Henderson of the USA celebrates after winning the men's Long Jump final event, on August 13.
Jeff Henderson of the USA celebrates after winning the men's Long Jump final event, on August 13.PHOTO: EPA

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - American Jeff Henderson claimed gold in a drama-filled men's long-jump in which a trailing left hand on the very last jump cost compatriot Jarrion Lawson the title.

Henderson managed a best of 8.38m, finishing one centimetre ahead of South African Luvo Manyonga, with defending champion Greg Rutherford of Britain taking bronze (8.29).

Lawson finished fourth but his final jump went beyond that of Henderson's, only for his left hand's contact in the sandpit to ruin the real reading.