Olympic champ Brittany Reese clinches Rio berth with longest jump of 2016


The 2012 Olympic gold medalist in the long jump soared at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials with a world-leading leap.

Brittney Reese earned a mark of 23-feet, 11 ¾ inches for her fourth jump in Saturday’s final. Not only was it a personal best for Reese and the longest jump in the world in 2016, and it was the second longest jump ever by a U.S. female athlete. Only Jackie Joyner-Kersee has notched a longer jump.

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The other two qualifiers for Rio in women’s long jump are Tianna Bartoletta and Janay DeLoach.

Bartoletta spent Saturday competing in two simultaneous events: the long jump final and 100m qualifying heats. She petitioned for a schedule change but was denied. So she found a way to fit both in, taking one jump, then running in the 100, then returning for another jump.

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