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Prior to Daegu, Phillips wasn't enjoying the greatest of seasons—he didn't even reach the finals of the U.S. Championships in June.
Fortunately for Phillips, he was the defending champion, so he didn't need to place in the top-3 in Eugene to qualify for the World Championships.
Once in Daegu, Phillips showed why he's the greatest long jumper in American history not named Carl Lewis. Already a three-time gold medalist at the World Championships, the Georgia native fittingly received bib number 1111 for the competition.
"When I saw that I had all number ones, I thought it was divine intervention," Phillips said. "I thought it was just meant for me to win my fourth world title."
And the Georgia native did just that, leaping to 8.45m/27-8.75 on his second attempt in the final to fend off Australian Mitchell Watt, the 2009 bronze medalist and the world leader prior to the meet.