GOLD MEDAL REBEL: Reese Wins Long Jump In London

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Gold medalist Brittney Reese (AP photo)
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Gold medalist Brittney Reese (AP photo)
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

Aug. 8, 2012

Ole Miss Olympic Central | London 2012 Website | Photo Gallery

LONDON – In a big day for Team USA, former Ole Miss star Brittney Reese stamped her place in track & field history by winning Olympic gold in the women’s long jump on Wednesday.

Reese added an Olympic gold medal to her accomplishments that already included the previous two world outdoor championships and the last two world indoor titles in the long jump.

The Gulfport, Miss., native produced only two legal jumps out of six attempts, but her second attempt of 7.12 meters (23-4.5) was enough to last through the rest of the competition ahead of silver medalist Elena Sokolova (Russia) and bronze medalist Janay Deloach (USA).

Reese’s winning mark was the best jump at any Olympic Games since 1996. She’s the first American to win gold in the event since Jackie Joyner-Kersee in 1988.

Reese becomes the first member of the Ole Miss track & field family to win an Olympic gold medal and the second to win an Olympic medal of any color (Tony Dees – silver, 1992). She is the fourth person in Ole Miss Athletics history to earn a gold medal (Jennifer Gillom, Peggie Gillom, Van Chancellor in women’s basketball).

Her Ole Miss career, which ended in 2008, included her being the National Field Athlete of the Year that season and SEC Field Athlete of the Year three times. She was a two-time NCAA champion, five-time All-American and five-time SEC champion in two seasons as a Rebel.

Current Ole Miss junior Isiah Young also competed at the Olympic Stadium on Wednesday, taking part in the men’s 200 meter semifinals. Running in the same heat as Usain Bolt, Young placed eighth (20.89) to conclude his first Olympic competition.

The Junction City, Kan., native had a phenomenal 2012 season that he capped by becoming the first athlete in Ole Miss history to compete in a non-hurdle sprinting event at the Olympics.

Young was the 2012 Southeastern Conference champion in the 200 meters and placed fourth in the event at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. He set the school record in both the 100 and 200 meters and was named a USTFCCCA All-American in the outdoor 100, outdoor 200 and indoor 60 meters.

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Blog
    • Three and Out: Ole Miss-LSU

      Saturday, October 25, 2014 - Football

      Three areas to watch as No. 3 Ole Miss travels to No. 23 LSU for an SEC West Showdown on Saturday. Stopping The Run Not just this year, but throughout head coach Les Miles' tenure, LSU's running game has been... read more

    • What They're Saying: Ole Miss-LSU Pregame

      Friday, October 24, 2014 - Football

      Ahead of a rivalry renewed on a national stage, complete with a visit of ESPN's "College GameDay" and the mystique of a Saturday night game in Death Valley, here's link roundup of videos and stories from local and national media... read more

    • Extra Emphasis on Special Teams Play

      Thursday, October 23, 2014 - Football

      Extra Emphasis on Special Teams Play Through the years, special teams play has provided a winning edge in the Ole Miss-LSU rivalry, and and you don't have to go all the way back to Billy Cannon's 1959 Halloween run. In... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 8

      Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - Football

      The Season: Ole Miss Football - Episode 8 - Tennessee (2014) from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Freeze, Miles Talk Ole Miss-LSU Rivalry

      Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - Football

      Highlights from Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze and LSU head coach Les Miles on the SEC teleconference Wednesday, ahead of Saturday's game in Baton Rouge.For the full SEC teleconference, go here.Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze (starts at 1:06:12... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Oct. 13-19)

      Monday, October 20, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewOct. 13-19, 2014Football- Ole Miss rode its dominant defense to a 34-3 homecoming win over Tennessee on Saturday to improve to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in Southeastern Conference play.- The Rebels are 7-0 for just... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Oct. 19

      Sunday, October 19, 2014 - Athletics

      It's Sunday, so that means it's time for this week's Observations from the Best Seat in the House. There was no shortage of observations surrounding the Homecoming festivities this weekend. Let's get into it:1. When "College GameDay" visits Baton Rouge,... read more

    • Winning Formula for Rebels is No Secret

      Saturday, October 18, 2014 - Football

      The winning formula revealed itself as it has throughout the season: a dominant defense and a mistake-free offense. The Ole Miss defense forced four turnovers, while the Ole Miss offense did not commit a single turnover in a workmanlike 34-3... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss-Tennessee Motivational

      Saturday, October 18, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss vs Tennessee Official Team Motivational from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Three and Out: Keys to Ole Miss-Tennessee

      Saturday, October 18, 2014 - Football

      Three areas to watch as No. 3 Ole Miss faces Tennessee for Homecoming on Saturday.'Third Down for What'Tennessee is very dangerous, Ole Miss football head coach Hugh Freeze said, because its talented, particularly if it gets momentum and confidence during... read more

    • SEC Nation Talent Talks Ole Miss on Visit

      Friday, October 17, 2014 - Football

      Highlights from today's media opportunity with SEC Nation host Joe Tessitore and analysts Tim Tebow and Marcus Spears discussing the show's visit to Oxford for the SEC matchup between No. 3 Ole Miss and Tennessee. Tessitore recalls calling the first college... read more

    • What They're Saying: Midseason Honors

      Friday, October 17, 2014 - Football

      At the halfway point of the regular season, Ole Miss is 6-0 for the first time since 1962, when it went 10-0 and earned a share of the national title. It's No. 3 ranking in the national polls is its... read more

    • Rebels Slow Offensive Tempo

      Thursday, October 16, 2014 - Football

      With a dominant defense that ranks among the nation's leaders in most statistical categories, head coach Hugh Freeze acknowledged he has changed his offensive philosophy and play-calling to limit negative plays and quick possessions. Ole Miss averaged the second-most offensive... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 7

      Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - Football

      The Season: Ole Miss Football - Episode 7 - Texas A&M (2014) from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Freeze Talks Defense, Tennessee

      Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - Football

      Highlights from Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze and Tennessee head coach Butch Jones on the SEC teleconference Wednesday, ahead of Saturday's game in Oxford. For the full SEC teleconference, go here. Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze (starts at... read more