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By Mohan, Doha Stadium Plus Qatar, via Wikimedia Commons
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Christian faith spurs triple jumper to Rio gold

The US athlete leaped to a season's best 17.86m in the triple jump beating fellow American Will Claye into Silver.

Speaking before the Games to Premier's media partner Passion for Sport about his faith, he said: "This is what I do it for.

"It's what keeps me grounded. It's what keeps me motivated.

"My grandmother got a cell phone for Christmas and she texts me inspirational verses. She always says give God the glory and that's what I do."

After qualifying for the final at Rio he put a message on Twitter stating the power of prayer is unbelievable.

Speaking to the BBC after his victory, he said: "Gold medal, defending champion, it's a dream come true."

His win means he retains the gold he picked up in London in 2012.

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