Team USA added another bronze to the medal count, with Phoenix native Will Claye taking third in the men's long jump event. Greg Rutherford of Great Britain took gold with a jump of 8.31 meters, Mitchell Watt of Australia came in second with a jump of 8.16 meters, and Claye was close behind in third with 8.12 meters.
Mitchell Watt celebrates winning silver in the final of the men's long jump. But in these Olympics, fate does not just meet Great Britain half-way, it home delivers. Red-headed Briton Greg Rutherford had already stuck what would survive as the gold medal winning jump. At 8.31, it was the shortest winning jump at the Olympics since Munich 1972. Watt twice leapt to better it, but could not. He knew it before Omega did. So Greg Rutherford won gold in the long jump.