Rio Olympics 2016: Greg Rutherford takes bronze in long jump as Jeff Henderson wins

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Rutherford salvages bronze with last jump

Greg Rutherford said he was "gutted" not to have defended his Olympic long jump title as the Briton finished third behind winner Jeff Henderson,

The American, 27, won gold by recording 8.38m with his final attempt.

South Africa's Luvo Manyonga won silver with 8.37m, while Rutherford took bronze with a final leap of 8.29m.

"I came here to win but couldn't quite get it together," said an emotional Rutherford, 29. "I'm very disappointed. Bronze is not good enough for me."

Rutherford was nearly edged out of third by Jarrion Lawson, but the American's hand brushed the sand on what would have been a medal-winning final jump.

Rutherford's performance, allied to Jessica Ennis-Hill's silver in the heptathlon, meant Britain could not repeat London 2012's Super Saturday, although Mo Farah did retain his 10,000m title.

Elsewhere, Britain's Matthew Hudson-Smith booked his place in the 400m final with a perfectly timed run from lane eight, finishing strongly down the home straight to clock 44.48 and a new personal best.

But neither fellow Briton Michael Rimmer nor Ireland's Mark English could make the 800m final, while Britain's Luke Cutts went out in pole vault qualifying.

Long jump best
Jeff Henderson's winning jump was the longest of the entire competition in Rio. It did not come close to challenging the world record, which has stood since 1991. Of the current top 20 legal jumps of all time (not wind-assisted), only two were achieved after 1996. Greg Rutherford's best is 44cm short of American Mike Powell's world best

Analysis

Chief sports writer Tom Fordyce in Rio:

"Rutherford might not have retained his Olympic title, but in one of the great long jump finals - in terms of drama if not distance - he proved his immense championship character with that last-round leap.

"He was just two centimetres down on the jump that won his gold in London and just 10cm from another gold, having had his preparation badly disrupted by the whiplash injury he suffered at the Birmingham Diamond League."

Rutherford may have been hard on himself but is praised by Team GB men's captain Adam Gemili
Rutherford may have been hard on himself but is praised by Team GB men's captain Adam Gemili
Team GB distance runner Eilish McColgan gives Rutherford some reassuring words
British distance runner Eilish McColgan gives Rutherford some reassuring words

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