Klüft suffers early long jump exit

Klüft suffers early long jump exit
Sweden's Carolina Klüft has been eliminated from the women's long jump final in Beijing after failing to make the cut.

The 2004 heptathlon Olympic champion jumped a best of 6.49metres but it was only good enough for ninth place, one place outside the competitors who will contest the final three jumps.

The three-time world champion, who decided not to contest the heptathlon because she wanted more time to herself, earlier failed to reach the Triple Jump final.

The leading three going into the final jumps were surprise leader Maurren Maggi of Brazil (7.04m), Russia’s defending champion Tatiana Lebedeva – who took silver in the triple jump – (6.97m) and Nigerian Blessing Okagbare (6.91m).

The 29-year-old Nigerian gained a late entry into the final – having finished as 13th best qualifier – because Ukraine’s heptathlon silver medalist and long jump finalist Lyudmila Blonska was thrown out of the Games on Friday for failing a dope test.

AFP/The Local