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Gulfport’s Brittney Reese begins Olympic competition Tuesday

Gulfport's Brittney Reese begins her pursuit of a second gold medal on Tuesday in the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Reese will compete starting at 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday in the qualifying round of the women's long jump.

If the Ole Miss product qualifies for the medal round, she will take part in the finals at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday.

The 29-year-old Reese is seeking a repeat of her gold medal performance in the 2012 Olympics in London, where she earned a spot atop the medal stand with a leap of 23 feet, 4 ½ inches on her second attempt in the finals.

Reese is projected by the Associated Press to win another gold medal in Rio.

“It would mean a lot to be part of history,” Reese told the Sun Herald in June. “Having two gold medals would be a tremendous honor and would mean a lot to me. It’d show how hard I worked for them. I feel that it’s reachable and something I can do.”

Several Gulfport business are planning to host watch parties on Tuesday and Wednesday, including Mugshots and Buffalo Wild Wings.

Former Southern Miss track standout Tori Bowie, who earned a silver in the 100 meters on Saturday, is still seeking her first gold medal in Rio.

The Rankin County native advanced to the semifinals in the women's 200 meters Monday morning in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Bowie won her qualifying heat with a time of 22.47 seconds, the third fastest time in qualifying. Marie-Josee Ta Lou of Ivory Coast posted the fastest time in qualifying, a personal best 22.31, followed by American Deajah Stevens at 22.45.

Bowie was projected by the Associated Press to take the gold medal in the 200 meters.

The women's 200-meter semifinals are set for 8 p.m. on Tuesday and the final will be run at 8:16 p.m. on Wednesday.

Long jump schedule

Tuesday qualifying — 7:05 p.m. on NBC

Wednesday finals — 7:15 p.m. on NBC

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