RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — McAlmont’s Jeff Henderson won Olympic gold in the long jump Saturday night in Rio for Team USA.
It all came down to Henderson’s sixth and final attempt. He was able to hit an 8.38 jump to propel him into first place and the top of the long jump medal stand. Click here to watch.
During much of the competition, Henderson was in 2nd or 3rd place. He came out big with an 8.20 jump in his first attempt. In his next four jumps, he couldn’t seem to do any better.
However, when the pressure was on, he came through big!
Coming through big is a quality Henderson has been living since his high school days at Sylvan Hills.
“I always saw myself playing football somewhere, track was a second sport, football was my first,” says Jeff. “Coming from Sylvan Hills I never thought I would take track this far.”
The 2007 graduate of the Sherwood school has been leaping to new heights in the world of professional track and field.
“It’s surprising but at the same time I know I can jump further,” Jeff says.
Jeff has long jumped his way to a top five world ranking by all-athletics.com. He won the gold medal in the 2014 USA Outdoors and bronze the year before.
All that led up to his shining moment in Rio. Olympic gold.
Team USA’s Jarrion Lawson finished fourth with an 8.25 jump, just missing the bronze medal. Lawson was the 2016 NCAA long jump champion for the University of Arkansas.