Former Missouri S&T All-America performer Tyrone Smith narrowly missed
earning a berth in the finals of the long jump competition Saturday, finishing
in 15th place overall in the qualifying rounds of the event at the XXIX Olympic
Smith had a top mark of 7.91 meters (25-11 1/2) in the qualifying rounds,
which fell just three centimeters shy of a spot in the finals that will take
place Monday. The top 12 finishers Saturday earned berths to the finals and the
12th place mark of 7.94 meters (26-0 3/4) was recorded by Roman Nototny from
the Czech Republic.
Smith opened the competition with a jump of 6.95 meters (22-9 3/4),
then improved to 7.63 meters (25-0 1/2) in the second round. His best mark came
in the final round of jumps.
Smith graduated in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in history from Missouri
Read more about Smith’s efforts in the Olympics on the Miner
Sports News website.