There were six world-leading marks and six athletes over 8.30m in a windy long jump competition on day three of the US Championships
Allyson Felix, English Gardner, Justin Gatlin and Jeffery Henderson were among the winners on an action-packed day three of the US Championships in Eugene, as a total of six world leads were set.
In one of the best ever long jump contests, Henderson led a windy competition which incredibly saw six athletes over 8.30m. His windy leap of 8.59m (+2.9) saw him take the title as he beat Jarrion Lawson by just a single centimetre, Lawson’s wind-legal world-leading 8.58m (+1.8) a PB by 24cm.
Will Claye and Marquis Dendy both leapt a best of 8.42m. Claye’s was wind-assisted (+5.0), and he took third place on countback, while Dendy’s was wind-legal (+1.6) and secured him the third spot on the US Olympic team for Rio. Former world-leader Marquise Goodwin placed seventh with 8.25m.
Three athletes legally went sub-10.8 for the first time in one race in the women’s 100m as Gardner took the title in a 10.74 (+1.0) PB ahead of Tianna Bartoletta and Tori Bowie, both with 10.78 PBs. A total of five women have now dipped under 10.8 so far in 2016, with Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson and Murielle Ahoure of Ivory Coast also having achieved the feat.
Bartoletta has now qualified for both the 100m and long jump in Rio.
Gatlin, Trayvon Bromell and Marvin Bracy secured their spots for Rio in the men’s event, Gatlin clocking a world-leading 9.80 (+1.6) to beat Bromell, returning from an Achilles injury, with 9.84 to equal his PB. Bracy ran 9.98 for third.
Felix proved her form with a world-leading 49.68 in the 400m to claim her third one-lap US title and storm her way on to the US Olympic team. Joining her in Rio will be runner-up Phyllis Francis (49.94) and third-placer Natasha Hastings (50.17).
“It’s been a tough year and it was a relief,” said Felix. “I have put in so much work and to see it all come together when two months ago I was barely walking. To be at this moment is pretty unbelievable.”
A world-leading 43.97 was run by LaShawn Merritt to win the men’s 400m ahead of Gil Roberts (44.73) and David Verburg (44.82), who both qualified for their first Olympic Games.
Chaunte Lowe booked her place on her fourth Olympic team in the high jump, becoming the first to clear over 2 metres this season with 2.01m to beat 18-year-old Vashti Cunningham, who with 1.97m secured her spot on her first Olympic team to become USA’s youngest track & field Olympian since 1980.
Inika McPherson will join them in Rio after her clearance of 1.93m.
Ashton Eaton scored a world-leading 8750 points to claim his second Olympic trials decathlon title after opening day two of the competition with a windy 13.60 (+2.1) in the 110m hurdles. Jeremy Taiwo secured second place with a PB of 8425 points ahead of Zach Ziemek’s PB of 8413 points.
Results can be found here.