Gulfport’s Brittney Reese just missed making Olympic history on Wednesday.
The former Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and Ole Miss standout fell two centimeters short of becoming the first woman to win consecutive gold medals in long jump at the Olympics in Rio de Janiero. She settled for a silver medal.
Meanwhile, former Southern Miss standout Tori Bowie captured a Bronze medal in the women’s 200 meter run.
It took a leap of 7.17 by Tianna Bartoletta to edge Reese for first place honors. Reese overcame three false starts to nearly pull out a victory.
“I’ve been through a lot these past two years emotionally, and physically battling back from surgery,” Reese said after the meet. “Today I kind of got off to a slow start and it costed me at the end, but I am really pleased to be on the stand again and represent the United States.”
Reese captured her first Gold medal at the 2012 Olympics in London. She finished fifth in the 2008 Bejing games.
Bowie got off to a slow start in the 200 meter finals, finishing with a third-place time of 22.15.
The Sand Hill native breezed through both the first and semifinals of the 200-meter race earlier this week.
Bowie finished second in the 100 meter run last weekend to earn a silver medal. She enjoyed her first Olympic experience.
“It’s an amazing feeling, I couldn’t ask for more," Bowie said. "I’m coming from a small town and right now I’m leaving with two medals, so I couldn’t ask for more.”
Elaine Thompson of Jamaica won gold in the 200 meters and defending world champion Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands earned silver.
The final stop for Bowie is the women’s 4 x 100 meter relays, which the U.S. will likely battle Jamaica for a gold medal. The Women’s 4x100m relay will begin heats at 9:20 a.m. Thursday, with the finals at 8:15 p.m. Friday.