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Jeff Henderson shares promised gold medal with ailing mother (pic)


Jeff Henderson by the narrowest of margins won the gold medal in the long jump last Saturday at the Rio Olympics, making a good on a promise to his mother, who is battling Alzheimer’s.

Henderson returned home to McAlmont, Ark., earlier this week and in a touching moment, was able to share his gold medal with his mother during a visit to his boyhood home.

“I want to put the medal on your head but I don’t want to hurt you,” Henderson told his mother on Wednesday while setting it on her bed, via

Henderson, 27, beat the silver medal-winner, South Africa’s Luvo Manyonga, by a mere .01 meters with a jump of 8.38 meters. But all that matters is he made good on his promise to bring home a gold medal for his mother.

“The medal is just for her,” he said, via “She got sick when I was 17, 18 years old. It was hard for me to do that, and leave her there. Everything I did was for her. It was for God, for her and my family.”

Henderson knew well beforehand that it would be a bittersweet moment delivering the promised gold medal to his mom.

It’s obviously been a whirlwind of a week for Henderson, during which he’s gone through an unbelievable range of emotions. But shortly after winning gold, he already was setting a new goal. And of course, it involved his beloved mother.