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China’s Wang Jianan grabs world long jump gold with final leap

/ 03:19 PM July 17, 2022
Gold medalist China's Wang Jianan celebrates after winning the men's long jump final

Athletics – World Athletics Championships – Men’s Long Jump – Final – Hayward Field, Eugene, Oregon, U.S. – July 16, 2022 Gold medallist China’s Wang Jianan celebrates after winning the men’s long jump final REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

EUGENE, Oregon— Wang Jianan of China produced a last-round leap of 8.36 meters to snatch World Championships long jump gold on Saturday after Tentoglou Miltiadis of Greece looked to be cruising to victory.

Wang had managed a best of only 8.03m in his first five attempts and was out of the medals but soared clear.

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Miltiadis was on course to complete the full house of major titles after previously winning the Olympics, the indoor world title and the European indoor and outdoor titles.

His fifth-round jump of 8.32m looked to be good enough for gold and his second, third and fourth-best leaps of 8.30m, 8.29m and 8.24m were all better than anyone else in the field could manage until Wang’s intervention.

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Instead he had to settle for silver, with Switzerland’s Simon Ehammer, who came to Eugene with a world lead 8.45m to his name after temporarily switching from decathlon, taking bronze with 8.16m.

Jamaica’s injury-hit defending champion Tajay Gayle failed to make the final after posting three fouls in Friday’s qualifying.

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