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Bills’ receiver Goodwin qualifies for Olympic long jump finals, barely

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin gained the 12th and last qualifying berth for Sunday’s finals of the long jump at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field trials at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

After fouling on his first attempt, the former University of Texas track and football star leaped 25-8 on hit second try. A third attempt produced a jump of 25-4ß. Goodwin’s best was 2 inches better than the next best jumper, Terrell McClain, a sophomore at the University of Akron.

Jefferson Henderson, the 2015 Pan American Games champion, competing for team adidas takes the top jump into Sunday’s finals. Henderson leaped 26-11ß on his first and only attempt.

“That was the goal – just advance to the finals,” said Goodwin. “I’m not out here trying to break the world record. I’m just trying to get things moving in the right direction for” Sunday.

“Four years ago, I got 10th or 11th overall in the prelims, and I ended up winning the finals. It doesn’t matter what you do today, honestly. Just gotta come back and refocus. It’s a new day.”

Goodwin will need to finish in the top three on Sunday to make the Olympic team in the long jump.

Goodwin has a personal best of 27-8.67 on May 14 this year in France, then won a meet in Birmingham, England with a leap of 27-7.49. He was a two-time NCAA and two time national champion while at Texas and won a silver medal in past Pan American and World University Games and was a World Junior champion in the long jump.