Drama as long jump champion collapses in pain

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Long leap champion Tajay Gayle qualified for the last astatine the Tokyo Olympics contempt being successful wide discomfort with a genu injury.

Gayle, who successful 2019 claimed golden astatine the World Championships, recovered a mode to suffice for Monday's last with an awesome leap of 8.14 metres.

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With his genu heavy strapped aft struggling done his archetypal 2 attempts, the 24-year-old Jamaican qualified connected his 3rd attempt.

Tajay Gayle of Team Jamaica is helped disconnected aft being injured portion competing successful the Men's Long Jump Qualification connected time 8 of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games astatine Olympic Stadium connected July 31, 2021 successful Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) (Getty)

It was a stunning accomplishment aft helium was attended to by aesculapian staff, who were forced to use attraction moments earlier his last jump.

Social media was speedy to respond to Gayle's achievement, with fans lauding the Jamaican's courageousness to powerfulness done the pain.

At this stage, it remains unclear what wounded Gayle appears to beryllium nursing. He had antecedently managed an wounded to his close jumping leg, which helium sustained successful April.

Meanwhile, Cuban Juan Miguel Echevarria topped the men's agelong leap qualification with 8.50 metres, portion Greek Miltiadis Tentoglou was second-best astatine 8.22m.

Japan's Yuki Hashioka finished third-best with a leap of 8.17 metres.

Australia Henry Frayne, who recorded 7.93m, missed retired connected reaching the final.

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