Published: Mon, August 15, 2016
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Team USA's Henderson Claims Gold, Lawson Finishes 4th

Team USA's Henderson Claims Gold, Lawson Finishes 4th

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).

Greg Rutherford of Great Britain took the bronze with 8.29 meters, and Jarrion Lawson of the US finished in fourth.

Michael Phelps brought down the curtain on his glittering Olympic career when he helped Team USA win 4x100m medley relay gold, taking his personal tally to 23 on Saturday, reports Xinhua.

"I mustered enough to get me from fourth into a bronze-medal position but that isn't good enough in my eyes".

The defending champion from London 2012 entered the contest following a disappointing qualifying session on Friday, which saw him advance at the last attempt after two fouled jumps.

"It just makes me a little bit more motivated". The 31-year-old's Olympics are not over, though.

"That's why I was so emotional at the end, it nearly went".

He said: "Watching Mo go round was motivation for me".

'I knew (silver medallist Paul) Tanui well but I didn't know the Ethiopian guys so was thinking, 'What can they do?', and try and make sure I had something after the end.

Rutherford had lead early on in the final, but the 2012 Olympic gold medal victor was unable to hold on for consecutive golds.

The final jump of the competition was very controversial, as American Jarrion Lawson looked like he had leapt into the medals, only to miss out due to a trailing left hand.

In the Olympic Tennis Center, Monica Puig won Puerto Rico's first ever Olympic gold medal when she defeated Germany's Angelique Kerber 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 in the women's singles final.

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