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
    • Rebels Unable to Overcome Slow Start

      Saturday, November 22, 2014 - Football

      Arkansas jumped out to a 17-0 in the first quarter and took advantage of six Ole Miss turnovers on the way to a 30-0 shutout win Saturday in Fayetteville."I was concerned all week, for whatever reason, that we weren't totally... read more

    • Three and Out: Keys to Ole Miss-Arkansas

      Saturday, November 22, 2014 - Football

      Three areas to watch as No. 8 Ole Miss travels to Arkansas in its final road game of the regular season Saturday. Slowing the Hogs' Ground Attack The extra week of preparation, defensive coordinator Dave Wommack said, should prove beneficial... read more

    • Rebels Ahead of Schedule in Year Three

      Thursday, November 20, 2014 - Football

      It's sometimes easy to forget where the Ole Miss football program was just three short years ago, when Hugh Freeze was interviewing for the head coaching position. The Rebels had won just two games in 2011 and had lost 14... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Nov. 10-16, 2014)

      Monday, November 17, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewNov. 10-16, 2014Women's Basketball- The Ole Miss women's basketball team opened up the 2014-15 season with two wins over the weekend. The Rebels took down Grambling 92-67 in the season opener on Friday and followed... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Nov. 16

      Sunday, November 16, 2014 - Athletics

      The Ole Miss football team was off, but it was a busy week in Ole Miss athletics nevertheless, as the men's and women's basketball teams opened their respective seasons. Here are some thoughts and opinions on the week that was:-... read more

    • Getting Healthy, Staying Sharp on the Bye Week

      Friday, November 14, 2014 - Football

      No. 10 Ole Miss was without several starters and regular contributors against Presbyterian, and many others were limited.  But given an extra week of rest, head coach Hugh Freeze said he expects everyone, with the exception of the players out... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 11

      Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - Football

      The Season: Ole Miss Football - Episode 11 - Presbyterian (2014) from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Nov. 3-9, 2014)

      Monday, November 10, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewNov. 3-9, 2014Football- Ole Miss took a break from the rugged Southeastern Conference and earned a 48-0 shutout win over Presbyterian on Saturday.- It was the Rebels' first shutout since beating Tulane 39-0 in 2012.-... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House - Nov. 9

      Sunday, November 9, 2014 - Football

      Austin Miller handled all of this week's edition of the Observations from the Best Seat in the House. Check out what he had to say below:- The nation's best scoring defense finally got its first shutout of the season, as... read more

    • Wilkins, Dodson Shine in Blowout Win

      Saturday, November 8, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss racked up the second-most yards in school history, totaling 640 yards, including 402 yards on the ground, in a 48-0 rout of Presbyterian. The Rebels were able to limit the reps for several players in the contest, with... read more

    • Three and Out: Keys to Ole Miss-PC

      Saturday, November 8, 2014 - Football

      Three areas to watch as No. 11 Ole Miss hosts FCS opponent Presbyterian in its final non-conference matchup of the regular season. Execute, Stay Heathy Saturday's game with Presbyterian is more about Ole Miss than its opponent, as the team's... read more

    • Injuries Create Opportunities for Young Players

      Thursday, November 6, 2014 - Football

      With injuries mounting on both sides of the ball, Saturday's game against Presbyterian presents an opportunity for young players and backups to gain experience and make an impression on the coaching staff. Among those injured players, head coach Hugh Freeze... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 10

      Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - Football

      The Season: Ole Miss Football - Episode 10 - Auburn (2014) from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Path To Atlanta: A Little Homecookin'

      Monday, November 3, 2014 - Football

      A question we keep hearing is what needs to happen in order for the Rebels to get to the SEC Championship game. It's pretty simple, just cheer for the home team. The lone exception to that notion is Ole Miss'... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Oct. 27-Nov. 2, 2014)

      Monday, November 3, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewOct. 27-Nov. 2, 2014Football- No. 4 Ole Miss lost a heartbreaker to No. 3 Auburn on Saturday night, 35-31.- In addition to losing the game, the Rebels lost star receiver Laquon Treadwell on what looked... read more