Michael Hartfield has replaced former NCAA champion Marquis Dendy on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Track & Field team in the men's long jump, USA Track and Field announced on Friday.
Dendy is coming off a season in which he won a gold medal at the world indoor championships but injured his lower right leg before the Olympic trials in Eugene, Ore. He re-aggravated the injury and passed on his final attempts.
Hartfield took fifth at the trials but holds the qualifying mark for the Olympics with his seasonal best of 8.34-meters (27'4.50") for the Olympics. Hartfield holds the fourth-best mark by an American in 2016 and is ranked sixth in the world.
Just got the best news I could have ever imagined! Sooo thankful for this opportunity! Been waiting to say this...I'M GOING TO RIO!!🇧🇷🇺🇸— Michael Hartfield ✈ (@FlightHartfield) July 29, 2016
I got the call today on my dads birthday and the long jump final is Aug 13th..6 yrs since he passed. Only God could write this story! 🙌🏾🙏🏾— Michael Hartfield ✈ (@FlightHartfield) July 29, 2016
Hartfield was a member of the U.S. world championship team last summer and finished 12th. Dendy took 21st. Rio will be Hartfield's first Olympics.
The men’s long jump will take place on Friday, August 12.
- Chris Chavez