Reese Needs One Jump to Advance to Olympic Final
Brittney Reese jumps in the qualifying round in Rio. (Kirby Lee- USA TODAY Sports)
Aug. 16, 2016 | NBC Olympics | IAAF Live Results

RIO DE JANEIRO – She stepped onto the long jump runway at Olympic Stadium in Rio with the goal of advancing to Wednesday’s final, and Brittney Reese accomplished that goal with ease. 

The defending Olympic gold medalist needed to surpass 6.75 meters to automatically qualify for the final, and she jumped 6.78 meters (22-3) on her first and only attempt. It ended up being the third-farthest jump of the qualifying round.

With her trademark gum chewing, the former Ole Miss great strapped on her backpack and walked happily away from the track without needing to expend any extra energy.

“The goal was just to come out and hit the qualifying mark, I did it on my first jump, and I kind of backed off which I know is something that I can’t do tomorrow,” Reese said. “I’m just looking forward to tomorrow. My body is doing great; everything is going as planned.”

She will defend her gold medal beginning at 7:15 p.m. CT on Wednesday.

Former Rebel Antwon Hicks (Nigeria) ran in the semifinals of the 110-meter hurdles on Tuesday, where he crashed into a couple of hurdles roughly and clocked an uncharacteristic 14.26 and did not advance to the final.

Rebels at the 2016 Olympics to date:

  • Sam Kendricks (USA) – bronze medal – men’s pole vault – 5.85m/19-2.25
  • Raven Saunders (USA) – 5th – women’s shot put – 19.35m/63-6
  • Gwen Berry (USA) – 14th – women’s hammer throw – 69.90m/229-4
  • Ricky Robertson (USA) – 17th – men’s high jump – 2.26m/7-5
  • Antwon Hicks (Nigeria) – 23rd – men’s 110m hurdles – 14.26



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