LONDON – Former Ole Miss standout Brittney Reese advanced through Tuesday’s qualifying round of the women’s long jump and into Wednesday’s final at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Reese, who is the two-time defending outdoor long jump world champion and a two-time indoor world champion, did not make it the easiest route for herself to the final in London.
After fouling her first two attempts, Reese took a “safe” jump at the front of the launching board and landed with a mark of 6.57 meters (21-6.75) to place ninth overall. The top 12 advanced to Wednesday’s final, which will begin at 2:05 p.m. CT.
It was a day of surprising disappointments in the women’s long jump, as the 2008 Beijing gold medalist (Brazil’s Maurren Higa Maggi) and bronze medalist (Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare) failed to qualify for the final. Reese is the highest Beijing finisher (fifth place) to make the London final.
The Gulfport, Miss., native and former NCAA champion at Ole Miss boasts the world’s top long jump mark this year of 7.23 meters (23-8.75). The Olympic record is 7.40 meters, set by Jackie Joyner-Kersee at the 1988 Games in Seoul.
Fans can watch both Reese and Ole Miss junior Isiah Young, who advanced to the men’s 200 meter semifinals, live at NBCOlympics.com or highlights during NBC primetime (7-11 p.m. CT).
Former Ole Miss safety Cody Prewitt capped an impressive week at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, with a game-high five tackles in the game itself Saturday. His former teammate, cornerback Senquez Golson sat out the game with a hamstring... read more
Ole Miss closes out a three-game stretch in which they will have faced three consecutive ranked opponents when they welcome No. 18 Mississippi State on Thursday night. The Rebels are 1-1 through the first two games of the stretch, having... read more
Photo GalleryCody Prewitt and Senquez Golson will represent Ole Miss in the Senior Bowl, which will take place Saturday at 3 p.m. CT from Mobile, Alabama, and will be televised by the NFL Network. The duo have already had a busy... read more
Men's Basketball - Ole Miss thrashed No. 19 Arkansas 96-82 on Saturday. The Rebels picked up their first true road win over a ranked opponent since 2003 and scored the second-most points ever by an opponent in Bud Walton Arena.... read more
The Ole Miss men's and women's basketball teams both made some history, while the men's and women's tennis teams started their spring seasons. National Signing Day (Feb. 4) and the start of baseball season (Feb. 13) are less than a... read more
After an up-and-down non-conference slate that included wins over Creighton, Cincinnati and Oregon, all away from home, and losses to Charleston Southern and Western Kentucky, both at home, Ole Miss learned a lot about itself in the first week of... read more
Ole Miss football finished the 2014 football season with a 9-4 record and a top-20 final national rankings in both polls. The Rebels come in at No. 17 in the Associated Press poll and No. 19 in the Amway Coach... read more
Women's Basketball - Ole Miss went 2-0 on the week with a road win at Florida and a win at home against Alabama, moving to 13-4 overall and 3-1 in SEC action while winning back-to-back SEC games for the first... read more
The Ole Miss men's basketball team opened SEC play, while the Ole Miss women's basketball team continued SEC play, as we enter the heart of college basketball season. Over the weekend, the men's and women's teams posted wire-to-wire wins on... read more
Ole Miss looks to reverse history, as the Rebels (9-4) travel to No. 1 Kentucky tonight (6 p.m., SEC Network), the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams. Ole Miss is 0-15 all-time against the nation's top ranked team, last playing... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewDec. 29, 2014-Jan. 5, 2015Football- The No. 9 Ole Miss football team finished the 2014 football season with a 9-4 record, its best since 2009, after a 42-3 defeat to No. 6 TCU in the... read more
Observations from the Best Seat in the House is back, having taken a week off for the Christmas holidays and traveled to Atlanta for the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. The football team finished the season in a "New Year's Six" bowl,... read more