Mike Hartfield finished fifth in the long jump at the Olympic Trials, but today learned that he will be competing in the Rio Olympics. The LJ at the Trials was one of the best competitions in the history of the event:
No long jump competition before today had ever seen five guys jump beyond 8.30m.— Jon Mulkeen (@Statman_Jon) July 4, 2016
Six guys have now jumped beyond 8.30m in Eugene today.
Third-place finisher Will Claye doesn't have the Olympic standard, so fourth-place finisher Marquis Dendy was initially slated to go behind top two finishers Jeff Henderson and Jarrion Lawson. But Dendy injured himself at the Prefontaine Classic in May and it appears that his injuries are keeping him out of the Olympics.
I got the call today on my dads birthday and the long jump final is Aug 13th..6 yrs since he passed. Only God could write this story!— Michael Hartfield (@FlightHartfield) July 29, 2016
We'll update this story as more information becomes available