Reese soars to another LJ victory
The women’s long jump provided some exciting, late-round drama. Olympic gold medalist and two-time World Indoor champion Brittney Reese (Gulfport, Mississippi) was in second place after her opening mark of 6.97m/22-10.5. As the dominant jumper of her era, known for winning competitions at the last possible moment, Reese increased her best to 7.00m/22-1.75 on her fifth jump to move into first. But the very next jumper, 2014 World Indoor bronze medalist Ivana Spanovic of Serbia, made it a short-lived stay at the top, jumping 7.07m/23-2.5 to retake the lead. Reese made her last jump count, launching herself 7.22m/23-8.25, just 1 cm shy of her American indoor record and a new world lead, to take the gold. It was her seventh career gold medal in World Championship or Olympic competition; gold remains the only color of medal she has even won at those events. Spanovic was unable to respond and finished with the silver. In the sixth and final round, Olympic bronze medalist Janay DeLoach (Fort Collins, Colorado) had her best jump of 6.89m/22-7.25 to place fourth.
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