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Hinds CC alum Jeff Henderson wins gold at Summer Olympics

Hinds CC alum Jeff Henderson wins the gold.

Hinds CC alum Jeff Henderson wins the gold.

Former Hinds Community College long jump standout Jeff Henderson won a gold medal Saturday in the men’s long jump at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. His winning jump was 8.38M.Jeff Henderson.jpg

Henderson competed Saturday, Aug. 13 in the men’s long jump event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

In July, Henderson won his second career United States long jump title in Eugene, Oregon to qualify for the U.S. team.

Henderson, a native of Sherwood, Ark., and recent inductee into the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Track and Field Hall of Fame Class of 2016, leaped 28 feet, 2 and ¼ inches during the trials to pick up his second U.S. championship and first since 2014.

He also came in the runner-up spot in 2013 and 2015.

While at Hinds, Henderson won three NJCAA national championships in the long jump in 2008 and 2009, as well as a national championship in the 4×100 meter relay.

For more information on Hinds Community College athletes, see HindsCCSports.com

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    Cathy Hayden is a 30-year career journalist with a bachelor's degree in journalism and English from the University of Mississippi and a master of theological studies from Spring Hill College in Mobile. Hayden, who covered education at The Clarion-Ledger for 17 years, came to Hinds Community College in January 2007.

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