A mighty new long jump PB of 8.58m at US Trials qualified Lawson for the Rio Olympics before he encountered heartbreak on the world’s biggest sporting stage. Sitting fourth with a best leap of 8.25m he then launched out to what appeared to be the winning jump with his sixth round effort.
However, controversy ensued when the measurement only came up at 7.78m. After protesting to officials, it emerged his finger had lightly brushed the sand which triggered the measurement. Gold (which had been banked by his countryman Jeff Henderson with 8.38m) has been denied literally by a fingertip!
Eager to learn from mistakes
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