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Men’s long jump

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Mondo Duplantis is not the only European field eventer who will be looking for the final piece of a major championship gold medal jigsaw at the World Athletics Championships Oregon22.

Miltiadis Tentoglou might not have ventured into world record territory just yet but, like the Swedish prince of the pole vault, the 24-year-old Greek long jumper has claimed Olympic, world indoor and European outdoor and indoor titles in his event.

The one prize he has yet to secure is world outdoor gold. A lowly 19th in qualifying as a 19-year-old in London in 2017 and 10th in the final in Doha in 2019, his gold-plated competitive instinct – and record over the past two years – suggests his luck could well be in at the third time of asking on the World Championships stage.

In the Olympic final in Tokyo a year ago, Tentoglou’s dramatic last-gasp 8.41m snatched the gold medal from the stunned Juan Miguel Echevarria, courtesy of a superior second-best mark.

The Cuban, who jumped a monster 8.68m in 2018, has not been seen in a competitive arena since. His absence in Eugene is another factor in favour of Tentoglou, who took the world indoor title in Belgrade in March with 8.55m, moving him to sixth on the world indoor all-time list.

He has yet to be beaten in the outdoor season, having nailed eight wins out of eight, including Wanda Diamond League successes in Rabat, Oslo and Stockholm. His victory in the Swedish capital on 30 June, in his final major test before heading for Eugene, underlined his formidable mettle.

After four rounds Tentoglou found himself down in third place with a best of 7.81m – behind the 7.98m posted by Thobias Montler, the Swede who took world indoor silver behind him in Belgrade, and Croatian Filip Pravica’s windy 7.82m.

Just as the home crowd were scenting an upset to celebrate, the Olympic champion uncorked a mighty 8.31m to secure victory in the penultimate round, just five centimetres shy of the season’s best he set on home ground in Argostoli on 14 May.

Not that Tentoglou heads to Oregon with the 2022 world lead. That stands at 8.45m to Simon Ehammer, the multi-talented Swiss athlete better known as a decathlete.

Simon Ehammer in the decathlon long jump at the World Athletics Indoor Championships Belgrade 22 (© Getty Images)

Indeed, it was during the decathlon in the Hypo Meeting at Gotzis in Austria on 28 May that the world indoor heptathlon silver medallist smashed the long-standing Swiss record – improving the world decathlon long jump best he had set in Ratingen just three weeks previously by 15 centimetres.

The 22-year-old has decided to concentrate on the long jump at the World Championships and return to the decathlon at the European Championships, which begin in Munich on 15 August.

Since his quantum leap in Gotzis, Ehammer has contested two Wanda Diamond League meetings, placing second to Tentoglou in Rabat and third behind the Greek and Montler in Oslo.

Not that the European U23 long jump champion is likely to be the only major threat to Tentoglou in Eugene.

Montler stands joint fifth on the 2022 world list with 8.27m, one place and one centimetre behind Uruguay’s Emiliano Lasa, together with Japan’s Yuki …….

Source: https://worldathletics.org/competitions/world-athletics-championships/oregon22/news/preview/world-championships-oregon-preview-long-jump

Men’s long jump

Timetable | world rankings | 2022 world list | world all-time list | how it works

Mondo Duplantis is not the only European field eventer who will be looking for the final piece of a major championship gold medal jigsaw at the World Athletics Championships Oregon22.

Miltiadis Tentoglou might not have ventured into world record territory just yet but, like the Swedish prince of the pole vault, the 24-year-old Greek long jumper has claimed Olympic, world indoor and European outdoor and indoor titles in his event.

The one prize he has yet to secure is world outdoor gold. A lowly 19th in qualifying as a 19-year-old in London in 2017 and 10t…….

Men’s long jump

Timetable | world rankings | 2022 world list | world all-time list | how it works

Mondo Duplantis is not the only European field eventer who will be looking for the final piece of a major championship gold medal jigsaw at the World Athletics Championships Oregon22.

Miltiadis Tentoglou might not have ventured into world record territory just yet but, like the Swedish prince of the pole vault, the 24-year-old Greek long jumper has claimed Olympic, world indoor and European outdoor and indoor titles in his event.

The one prize he has yet to secure is world outdoor gold. A lowly 19th in qualifying as a 19-year-old in London in 2017 and 10t…….

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