Goodwin finishes 10th at London Olympics

August, 4, 2012
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When it all over, Marquise Goodwin fell to his knees and buried his head in his hands.

This time, he wasn't celebrating.

The Texas senior wide receiver finished 10th in the long jump finals at the 2012 London Olympics on Saturday after failing to surpass the 7.93-meter (26-feet-0) standard necessary to qualify for the event's final round.

Goodwin only needed one jump on Friday -- an impressive 8.11-meter (26-7) leap -- to reach the final round. This time around, he scratched on his first attempt. His second jump, this one 7.80 meters (25-7), put him on the chopping block.

On his third and final attempt, Goodwin couldn't muster the extra six inches he needed to advance to the eight-man medal round. A jump of 7.76 meters ended his day and his pursuit of Olympic gold.

The low marks were a far cry from what Goodwin produced to qualify for the London Games. He leaped 8.33 meters (27-4) at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Oregon in June, and he'd won the NCAA outdoor championship this spring with an 8.23-meter jump.

Great Britain's Greg Rutherford went on to win the long jump gold medal with a leap of 8.31 meters, beating Australia's Mitchell Watt (8.16 m). Goodwin's Team USA teammate, Will Claye, jumped 8.12 meters to earn bronze.

Now he'll fly back to Austin, strap on his helmet and pads and rejoin the Longhorn football team. Fall camp begins Sunday.

Max Olson | email

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