Brittney Reese Captures World Gold Medal Yet Again
Brittney Reese
Aug. 11, 2017


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LONDON –
She’s already a legend, so now it just feels like she’s padding her stats.

Brittney Reese, an Ole Miss alum and one of the best long jumpers the world has ever seen, captured her fourth career world outdoor title Friday at the IAAF World Championships.

It was not the easiest championship in her illustrious career. Four of Reese’s six jumps went as fouls, but her third attempt was the one that counted most. The Gulfport, Mississippi, native who lives and trains in San Diego, California, soared to a mark of 7.02m/23-0.5. That was good enough to hold off unaffiliated Darya Klishina (7.00m) and U.S. teammate Tianna Bartoletta (6.97).

The competition was an emotional one for Reese as well. She dedicated her jumping to her grandfather (aka, Paw Paw), who passed away just weeks earlier.

A two-time NCAA champion and five-time SEC champion during her two seasons as a Rebel in 2007-08, Reese has captured an impressive 10 U.S. long jump titles over her career. She broke onto the global scene as a Team USA member for the 2007 World Championships and has been dominant ever since. The three-time Olympian’s sparkling global win total looks like this:

  • 2009 world outdoor champion
  • 2010 world indoor champion
  • 2011 world outdoor champion
  • 2012 world indoor champion
  • 2012 Olympic gold medalist
  • 2013 world outdoor champion
  • 2016 world indoor champion
  • 2017 world outdoor champion

Only twice since 2009 has she competed at a global championship and not won gold – the 2015 World Outdoor Championships (24th) and 2016 Olympic Games (silver medal).

Reese has more outdoor world titles in the long jump than any other woman in history. Nobody else has more than two.

Reese joins Sam Kendricks as Ole Miss alums and Mississippi natives to win gold medals in London this week. Kendricks claimed the men’s pole vault title Tuesday

On Wednesday, rising Ole Miss senior Raven Saunders placed 10th in the women’s shot put (17.86m/58-7.25).

On Thursday, Ole Miss alum and 2012 Olympian Isiah Young finished eighth in the men’s 200-meter final (20.64) after clocking the fastest time of anyone in Wednesday’s semifinal round (20.12).

Earlier on Friday, Ole Miss alum Ricky Robertson competed for Team USA in the men’s high jump. His clearance of 2.29m/7-6 was good enough for 16th place, just missing out on the 12-man final.

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