WORLD ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS: PARIS
NEW world long jump champion Dwight Phillips wants to join two of the greatest athletes in history at next year’s Athens Olympics.
Phillips plans to emulate fellow-Americans Jesse Owens and Carl Lewis by winning the Olympic 100m and long jump gold medals.
Owens won the 100 and the long jump at the 1936 Berlin Games, two of his four gold medals. Lewis won both events in 1984 and again in 1988.
“I’d like to do the 100 and the long jump. That’s one of my goals. I haven’t really told anybody about it,” Phillips told reporters on Friday.
“I haven’t really sprinted a lot but next year I’m going to sprint a lot more as I feel I can compete with the big guys in the 100,” said Phillips, who has a personal best of 10.11 (wind assisted) for the sprint.
Wearing a blue and white hooded body suit that earned him the nickname Spiderman from the Stade de France crowd, Phillips jumped 8.32m to bring the world long jump title back to the United States for the first time in 10 years.
Jamaican James Beckford finished second on a cool, wet evening in Paris with a best effort of 8.28, to add to the silver he won in 1995.
Spain’s Yago Lamela, favourite for the title in the absence of Cuba’s Ivan Pedrosa and American Savante Stringfellow, was third with 8.22m. – Reuters