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Russia sweep long jump; Jones fifth

Tatyana Lebedeva led a Russian 1-2-3 who had earlier won the bronze in triple jump but made amends with a winning leap.
PTI | By Bill Barclay (Reuters), Athens
UPDATED ON AUG 28, 2004 03:16 PM IST

Tatyana Lebedeva led a Russian 1-2-3 in the Olympic women's long jump final on Friday as Marion Jones of the United States missed out on a medal.

Lebedeva, who cried tears of sorrow after winning only bronze in her favoured triple jump on Monday, made amends with a winning leap of 7.07 metres in the second round.

Compatriots Irina Simagina and Tatyana Kotova took silver and bronze respectively. Both jumped 7.05 but Simagina had the next best effort of 7.02.

Jones won the bronze medal in the long jump four years ago, part of a five-medal haul in Sydney, but she has endured a difficult year and her best of 6.85 metres was distinctly average by her standards, leaving her fifth.

Lebedeva was desperately disappointed to finish third in the triple jump when she was the clear favourite for gold having won both the long and triple jump titles at the world indoor championships in March.

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