RNJ News Department

Mount Olive’s Keturah Orji finishes fourth in final round at Rio Olympics, sets an American record (PHOTOS)

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Keturah Orji, a Mount Olive High School graduate and University of Georgia Track & Field rising junior, finished fourth in the women’s triple jump final round Saturday evening at the Olympic Stadium.
 
Orji set an American record with her first jump of 14.71m (48-3.25) and fouled her second and third jumps in her first finals attempt.
 
Orji then jumped 14.50m, 14.40m and 14.39m in her last three attempts in the final round.
 
#DawgsInRio Time for a break for Orji, who won 2 #SEC titles, 2 #NCAA titles & set MANY records in ’16. #GoDawgs!,” University of Georgia Track & Field Tweeted.
 
Orji also became the first American woman to reach the top eight in the Olympics.