Goodwin advances to finals of Olympics long lump
Aug. 3, 2012
LONDON -- Marquise Goodwin will be jumping for Olympic gold on Saturday.
The Longhorn standout needed just one attempt in Friday's qualifying round of the long jump to advance to Saturday's final.
Goodwin leapt 8.11 meters (26-7.25) in his first-ever attempt in Olympic competition. He posted the top mark in Group A and was one of just two automatic qualifiers for the finals. The senior-to-be did not make his final two attempts.
"'One and done', that's the motto," Goodwin said. "I came out here and got it done. Finals are tomorrow, and I'm ready to go. It's gonna be awesome."
Goodwin is the first-ever Longhorn to reach an Olympic long jump final round.
Brazil's Mauro Vinicius Da Silva was other automatic qualifier for the finals. He also jumped 8.11 to lead Group B.
The long jump finals will begin at 1:55 p.m. (CDT) Saturday. Click here to view the complete results.
Dylan Armstrong had his medal dreams dashed, but did post his second straight top-five Olympic finish in the shot put after barely reaching the finals.
The Canadian, who was fourth at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, posted a mark of 20.49 meters (67-2.75) on his third and final attempt in Friday morning's qualifying round. That was good for seventh among the 12 competitors who reached the finals.
He posted a mark of 20.93m (68-8.00) on his second attempt of the finals to move into fifth place, but was unable to improve his standing.
Armstrong went 20.74 (68-0.25) on his third attempt, but fouled on his first two tries when the field was trimmed to eight for the final three attempts. His final try went 20.34 (66-8.75).
Tomasz Majewski of Poland took home the gold medal. He had the top two throws of the finals, posting a mark of 21.87 (71-9.00) on his third attempt and 21.89 (71-10.00) on his final toss. Click here to view the complete results.
Leo Manzano kept his medal hopes alive in the 1500 meters by advancing to the semifinals.
Manzano was one of six automatic qualifiers in the first of three preliminary heats by posting a time of 3:37.00. He finished sixth in the heat and will be one of 24 participants in Sunday's semifinals, which get underway at 2:15 p.m. Click here to view the complete results.
2012 Olympic Track & Field Information
Texas Longhorns Competition Schedule (all times Central)
Saturday, August 4
Sunday, August 5
Tuesday, August 7
Wednesday, August 8
Thursday, August 9