On Saturday 13 August, US Olympian Jeff Henderson became the men’s long jump champion in Rio.
Jumping a distance of 8.38m was enough to secure the gold medal, beating South African Luvo Manyonga and Team GB’s Greg Rutherford to the top podium.
He won by 1cm, pushing Luvo Manyonga to the silver medal position. Rutherford settled for Bronze this year, unable to beat Manyonga or Henderson to defend his gold medal title from London 2012.
Jeff has spoken of his delight at being able to take his medal home to his mother, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. He promised her he wouldn’t return empty handed and has said, “When I place that medal in her hands, I’ll be crying”.
Henderson’s medal was the USA’s 22nd gold long jump gold, which is the record number of golds won in a single event by one country.
It was a historic moment for the US, in a tournament that they have dominated.