|Born||August 26, 1971|
Penn Hills, Pennsylvania
|Residence||Stone Mountain, Georgia|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg)|
|Sport||Track and field|
|College team||Florida Gators|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||LJ: 8.39 m (New Orleans 1993)|
Bentley attended Penn Hills High School, where he had a stellar track career, including setting the still current American Junior record in the long jump. He was Track and Field News "High School Athlete of the Year" in 1989.
He went to the University of Florida, where he continued to compete in the long jump and holds the Gators' indoor (26 ft 8 1⁄4 in or 8.13 m) and outdoor (27 ft 6 1⁄2 in or 8.39 m) records. Bentley had the unfortunate timing of reaching the elite ranks at the peak of the careers of Carl Lewis, Mike Powell, Larry Myricks and Joe Greene among others, reaching as high as #6 on the U.S. rankings in 1994 in his three visits to the top ten. As of 2013, he ranks as #50 on the all-time world performer list.
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- "Long Jump - men - senior - outdoor | iaaf.org". iaaf.org. Retrieved 2016-07-14.
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