Phillips Won't Defend Long Jump Title in Beijing
In another dramatic field-event competition, the biggest casualty of the day came in the men's long jump.
2008 USA indoor champion Trevell Quinley moved from third to first on his last jump of 8.36m/27-5.5 (+1.6), a huge personal best by 14cm. With the leap, he knocked Brian Johnson down to second (8.30m/27-2.75) and Miguel Pate to third (8.22m/26-11.75). Competing on the same runway where he suffered a near career-ending knee injury in 2003, Pate was the comeback story in the jump final, leaping up and down the runway after securing his spot for Beijing.
Dwight Phillips won't have the opportunity to defend his 2004 Olympic gold medal in the event. The two-time world champion fell from third to fourth in the fifth round of jumping and was unable to move back to third on his sixth and final jump. He was less than an inch out of third, with a best of 8.20m/26-11).