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Menkov wins the men’s long jump at worlds

August 16, 2013

MOSCOW (AP) — Aleksandr Menkov of Russia won the men’s long jump at the world championships on Friday, beating Ignisious Gaisah of the Netherlands with a world leading effort.

Luis Rivera of Mexico took bronze.

Menkov jumped 8.56 meters on his fifth attempt to take gold, while the Ghana-born Gaisah set a national record for his adopted nation with a mark of 8.29. Rivera took bronze with 8.27.

Olympic champion Greg Rutherford of Britain was eliminated in qualifying and defending champion Dwight Phillips of the United States, a four-time winner of the event, finished 11th.

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