Wang qualifies for long jump final

China’s Wang Jianan automatically qualified for the men’s long jump final at the Olympic Games on Friday when he finished in first place in the qualifying round with a jump of 8.24m.

The 19-year-old is an up-and-coming star in the event as he won a bronze medal at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing.

Wang initially competed in heptathlon and decathlons before turning his attention to long jump after winning the event at the Chinese Athletics Championships.

America’s Jeff Henderson also automatically qualified with a jump of 8.20m, while Emiliano Lasa of Uruguay had the third-best jump of 8.14m.

Defending champion Greg Rutherford of Great Britain fouled his first two attempts, but managed to squeeze through to the final as he recorded a 7.90m jump on his third attempt.