TOKYO, Aug 3 (Reuters) – World champion Malaika Mihambo of Germany claimed Olympic gold in the women’s long jump with her final jump of 7.00 meters in a thrilling final at the Olympic Games. Tokyo Tuesday.
A day after Greece’s Miltiadis Tentoglou most spectacularly won the men’s long jump with his last attempt, the women’s competition followed a similar scenario.
After an exciting competition in which the lead often changed hands between Brittney Reese and Ese Brume, Mihambo, who finished third before the final round, settled the matter with his last jump.
“I feel overwhelmed. It was, I think, the most exciting women’s long jump competition in history,” said Mihambo. “It was so exciting to be a part of it and I’m happy I did it in the end.
“I knew I could jump over 6.95m. I just needed to hit the board. I knew all the time I could do it. I just knew I had one last attempt to do it and I’m so happy to grab the gold. “
Only three centimeters separated the medalists.
Reese and Nigerian Brume tied at 6.97 but the American won silver with her second best jump of 6.95, five centimeters longer than Brume’s effort.
Brume, a bronze medalist at the 2019 world championships in Doha, arrived in Tokyo with the season’s longest jump of 7.17m and set the standard early at the sunlit Olympic Stadium with an opening jump of 6.97.
Champion 2012 in London and silver medalist in Rio de Janeiro five years ago, Reese matched that effort on her third attempt.
Brume regained the lead on the next lap with a 6.88, her second best effort a centimeter more than the American’s fourth jump.
But Reese, 34, who also holds four world titles outdoors and three indoors, would not be denied as she recorded 6.95 with her fifth jump to climb back to the top.
The sparse crowd, mostly made up of the competitor’s team, wouldn’t be blamed if they anticipated a bumper jump between Reese and Brume before the final jump, but it was Mihambo who stole the show.
The 27-year-old had a nervous wait as Reese and Brume still had their final attempts, but once they failed to improve her rating, the German partied, wrapping herself in the flag from his country.
It was a record third Olympic gold medal for Germany in the women’s long jump, with the United States also winning three.
Report by Sudipto Ganguly; Editing by Karishma Singh
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