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Gulfport’s Brittney Reese re-captures gold in long jump

United States' Brittney Reese after winning the women's long jump final during the World Athletics Championships in London Friday, Aug. 11, 2017.
United States' Brittney Reese after winning the women's long jump final during the World Athletics Championships in London Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. AP

Gulfport’s Brittney Reese won a gold medal Friday at the same stadium where she won an Olympic gold five years ago.

She came in first at the women’s long jump championship the IAAF World Championship in London.

The former Gulfport High and Ole Miss track standout jumped 7.02 meters in the finals at Olympic Stadium, overcoming a slow start. She dedicated her jumping to her grandfather, aka, Paw Paw, who passed away last month.

Reese, who earned a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics and a silver medal at last summer’s Olympics, has now won seven IAAF championships. She’s won three indoors and four outdoors titles. Overall, she has won a combined 11 U.S. titles in outdoors and indoors events. Reese has won more outdoor world titles in the long jump than any other woman all-time.

Reese, who turns 31 on Sept. 9, played basketball at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and is in the MGCCC Athletic Hall of Fame.

Darya Klishina, who competed as a neutral athlete because of Russia’s doping past, took silver with a jump of 7.00 meters. Tianna Bartoletta, who won a Gold medal at last summer’s Summer Olympics, took bronze with her last jump of 6.97 meters.

James Jones: 228-896-2320, @_jkjones

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