Despite setbacks, Lawson’s rise continues
Tuesday, 01 May 2018 11:30

Despite setbacks, Lawson’s rise continues

Written by IAAF- Steve Landells
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If the electrifying talent of Jarrion Lawson first emerged in 2016, then 2017 provided compelling evidence for the American’s mental resourcefulness.

A former world U20 long jump bronze medallist, it was in 2016 when the University of Arkansas sprinter/jumper emerged on the wider athletics landscape by becoming the first man since the great Jesse Owens to complete the 100m, 200m and long jump triple at the NCAA Championships.



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!

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Images: 2016 Olympic Games