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).
On this Monday we take a look at moment No. 11 of the top moments in Billy Chadwick's career. This moment encompasses a year full of great accomplishments that Chadwick made the norm for the Ole Miss tennis program. In... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 14-20, 2014Baseball- Ole Miss went 1-2 last week vs. No. 7 LSU, dropping a 13-inning affair in the series opener before taking game two and falling in the series finale.- Ole Miss became the... read more
Earlier this baseball season, Ole Miss tied a game on a dropped fly ball with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, which was a case of deja vu for Ole Miss fan Curtis Wilkie, who remembered the same... read more
Sam Smith posted his eighth straight quality start, but it was not enough, as LSU shut out Ole Miss 2-0 Saturday afternoon to take the three-game series. It was the first time that the Rebels had been shutout since a... read more
LSU looked to have gotten out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth, but right fielder Mark Laird dropped a fly ball in foul territory that would have been the final out and send the game to the fifth down... read more
For eight innings, Chris Ellis dueled Aaron Nola, the Southeastern Conference's leader in strikeouts (84) and earned run average (0.70) to a draw, as he left with the game with the score tied at 2-2. It was the eighth time... read more
Two new mock drafts released this week has former wide receiver Ole Miss wide receiver Donte Moncrief being selected in the late second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, set for May 8-10. NFL media analyst Bucky Brooks projects Moncrief... read more