Olympics: Tyrone Smith Finishes In 16th Place

August 13, 2016

[Written by Don Burgess]

It was heartbreak for Olympic medal hopeful Tyrone Smith in the long jump. Sky Bet had Smith as a 16 to 1 favorite to win a gold medal in Rio.

Smith’s first leap was 7.78 meters and managed to marginally improve upon it with his second at a distance of 7.81.

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He finished the men’s long jump competition in 16th place after the qualifiers. Only the top 12 long jumpers advanced to the final.

Jamaica’s Damar Forbes was the final qualifier with a leap of 7.85 metres. Heading into Saturday’s final three jumps, Wnag Jianan of China leads the field with a distance of 8.24 metres followed by American Jeff Henderson [8.24m], and Uruguay’s Emilian Lasa.

Smith was 12th in the London Games and was 13th at the Beijing Olympics.

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Following last night’s competition, the  three-time Olympian posted on social media saying, “Thanks for all the love and support guys, I gave it a focused best effort.

“Caught my left leg on my 2nd round jump and it cost me a bunch. Sucks to end my Olympic career this way but no one ever said it was going to be easy. My heart is broken right now.”


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  1. Well done, Ty!!
    Bermudians are very proud of you. You made it to the Olympics. What a fantastic feat.

  2. CranstonW says:

    Congrats Tyrone… good show. Unlucky to miss out on the finals by .04 meters.

  3. Thinker says:

    Thank you for giving you best sweetheart. Keep your head high

  4. St. D says:

    And such is life. Pull your socks back up, take a deep breath and start planning the road ahead knowing that Bermuda was, is and will cheer you on!!!!

  5. Juicy Onion says:

    You did us proud Tyrone.

  6. MOONBEAM says:

    Tyrone – you are still a STAR and Bermuda is very proud of you !