Dwight Phillips Leaps into Semifinals of Olympic Long Jump Competition

Aug. 24, 2004

ATHENS, Greece - Dwight Phillips, a former standout with the Arizona State track and field program, completed competition in the long jump at the 2004 Athens Olympics Tuesday inside Olympic Stadium, easily earning a place in the finals slated for Thursday. The holder of the six best jumps this year, Phillips posted the best mark of the qualifying rounds to punch his ticket to the finals.

The 2003 indoor and outdoor world champion, Phillips needed only his first jump to reach the finals. On that attempt, he recorded a leap of 8.31m of 27-3.75 feet to earn the top place in the first flight. He was followed by fellow American John Moffitt, who recorded a mark of 8.17m (26-9.75) to also earn an automatic berth into the finals as he also cleared the 8.10m automatic mark. Overall, Phillips' jump was the best on the day with Jonathon Chimer of Mauritius taking a close second by winning the second flight at 8.28m (27-2.00).

Phillips, who jumps eighth in the 12-man final field, is only 22 days removed from posting his personal best long jump mark of 8.60m (28-2.75) set at a meet in Linz, Austria, prior to the Summer Games. That mark is the 10th-best in the world all-time and also ranks sixth all-time among American long jumpers.

Also set to compete later this week are a pair of Sun Devil sprinters. Current team member Lewis Banda will run in the 4x400m relay as a member of the Zimbabwean national team while former Sun Devil Michael Campbell is set to compete in the same race as he represents Jamaica. The preliminaries of the mile relay is slated for Friday with the finals being run Saturday. The Summer Olympiad concludes Sunday with the men's marathon run and medal ceremony prior to the official close of Athens 2004.

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