ICYMI at Worlds: The tightest long jump final ever

From ESPN - August 11, 2017

LONDON -- The women's long jump final could be a contender for event of the week: It was the tightest in World Athletics Championship history, had a post-final protest over a stray bib label and left defending champion Tianna Bartoletta sobbing on the podium.

Firstly, the final itself. Just six centimeters separated Brittney Reese in first from Ivana Spanovic in fourth, and there was just one centimeter between Spanovic and Bartoletta, who took a disputed bronze.

The reason it was disputed is that Spanovic protested that one of her jumps was incorrectly measured. Although she leaped beyond the winning distance of 7.02 meters, Spanovic's name label pinned to her vest made an indentation further back in the sand. That was the point which officials measured from, and Spanovic missed out.

Arguably, all three of the medalists could have ended up moving back a spot had the protest been successful, but it was Bartoletta who was most visibly affected during the medal ceremony, trying to smile and fight back tears.

"It's been a rocky year for me in my personal life, and I am proud of how far I have come ... I still need to process my emotions," she explained afterward.

John recovering after crashing fall

A post on the Facebook page of the Trinidad & Tobago federation said that, after treatment from the team doctor and IAAF medical staff, John had "recovered physically" and was resting in her hotel room.

Home-field disadvantage

Robbie Grabarz is a former bronze medallist in this very stadium, having finished third in the high jump at the 2012 Olympics, but even that level of experience does not necessarily give you a head start on the field.

After qualifying for Sunday's high jump final with his final attempt over 2.31 meters, Grabarz admitted competing in a home championships almost became too much for him.

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