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Brittney Reese out-jumps field at world indoor championships

ELAINE THOMPSON/APUnited States' Brittney Reese lands in the sand after a jump in the women's long jump final during the World Indoor Athletics Championships on Friday in Portland, Ore. Reese won the event.
ELAINE THOMPSON/APUnited States' Brittney Reese lands in the sand after a jump in the women's long jump final during the World Indoor Athletics Championships on Friday in Portland, Ore. Reese won the event. AP

Gulfport's Brittney Reese topped last week's win in the U.S. Indoor Championships with a victory at the World Indoor Championships on Friday night.

Both events were held at the Portland Civic Center in Oregon.

It took Reese all six jumps to hit the winning mark of 7.22 meters (23 feet, 8.25 inches) bested her U.S. indoor mark of 22 feet, 7.25 inches she hit last week.

Her mark of 7.22 also is leading the longest jump this season.

It was Reese's seventh gold medal and her sixth world championship title.

Ivana Spanovic of Serbia was second with a jump of 7.07 meters, which she hit on her fifth jump. She actually led the meet until Reese's last jump.

"This one is sweeter," Reese said of the Worlds win. "I had a rough two years, and for me to come back and get a 7.22 jump after the years that I have been having...

"I worked so hard for this mentally and physically, and I am just glad right now that I have that in me as it sets me up for Rio."

Reese said having to work hard in the last two rounds was tough, but the crowd helped her pull it off.

"That was fun," she said. "It was a little tiring, but the crowd helped a whole lot."

Reese will continue to work toward Olympic Trials, which will be held July 1-10 in Eugene, Ore. The Olympic Games are Aug. 5-21 in Rio de Janeiro.

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