Jeff Henderson’s coach encouraged him to get the Olympic long jump gold medal Saturday the similar manner he encouraged his wife 28 years ago.
The coach: Al Joyner, the 1984 Olympic triple jump gold medalist. His wife? The late Florence Griffith Joyner. Griffith Joyner received both the 100- and also the 200-meter at the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games, which take place a couple of months before Henderson was born.
He was so positice he would win the long jump at Olympic Stadium that he provided Joyner the medal back before the contest even started.
And he gotten with a clutch jump, securing that gold medal on his sixth and also last attempt. Henderson leaped a season-best 27 feet, 6 inches. It was the 22nd long jump medal for the United States in an event it has dominated.