Gulfport's Brittney Reese wins gold at IAAF World Indoor Champio - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Gulfport's Brittney Reese wins gold at IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland

File photo of Brittney Reese File photo of Brittney Reese
UNDATED (WLOX) -

For Brittney Reese, it was better late than never.

The 2004 Gulfport High School graduate jumped 7.22 meters (23.69 feet) in her final attempt during the Women's Long Jump competition to earn her sixth world championship.

Reese, who won an Olympic gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, trailed Serbia's Ivana Spanovic through five attempts, and needed her most impressive performance to switch her medal from silver.

Spanovic lept for a 7.07m mark during her fifth try, while Reese matched Spanovic's initial jump of 7.00 meters during the penultimate jump.

The former Mississippi Gulf Coast and Ole Miss track & field member was just 0.01 meters shy of breaking a personal indoor record with her championship-winning jump at the end. Spanovic countered with her worst number of the night -- 6.76 meters -- effectively handing Reese the championship.

Copyright 2016 WLOX. All Rights Reserved.

  • SPORTSMore>>

  • CWS Semifinal: Oregon State routs Mississippi State 12-2 to force deciding game

    CWS Semifinal: Oregon State routs Mississippi State 12-2 to force deciding game

    Friday, June 22 2018 11:48 PM EDT2018-06-23 03:48:19 GMT
    Source: NCAASource: NCAA

    The Beavers scored 5 in the 2nd and 4 in the 7th to win 12-2. MSU and OSU will have a winner take all matchup Saturday at 7:00pm for a spot in the CWS Finals.

    More >>

    The Beavers scored 5 in the 2nd and 4 in the 7th to win 12-2. MSU and OSU will have a winner take all matchup Saturday at 7:00pm for a spot in the CWS Finals.

    More >>
  • Turkey charges father of NBA's Kanter as terror group member

    Turkey charges father of NBA's Kanter as terror group member

    Monday, June 18 2018 3:30 PM EDT2018-06-18 19:30:33 GMT
    Friday, June 22 2018 1:46 AM EDT2018-06-22 05:46:25 GMT
    Turkey's official news agency says a court has accepted an indictment charging the father of NBA player Enes Kanter with "membership in a terror group." (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, file)Turkey's official news agency says a court has accepted an indictment charging the father of NBA player Enes Kanter with "membership in a terror group." (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, file)

    Turkey's official news agency says a court has accepted an indictment charging the father of NBA player Enes Kanter with "membership in a terror group."

    More >>

    Turkey's official news agency says a court has accepted an indictment charging the father of NBA player Enes Kanter with "membership in a terror group."

    More >>
  • Trotz resigns as coach of Stanley Cup-winning Capitals

    Trotz resigns as coach of Stanley Cup-winning Capitals

    Monday, June 18 2018 3:20 PM EDT2018-06-18 19:20:17 GMT
    Thursday, June 21 2018 10:32 PM EDT2018-06-22 02:32:49 GMT
    (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik). Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz arrives with the team at Dulles International Airport in Sterling, Va., Friday, June 8, 2018, the day after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup ...(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik). Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz arrives with the team at Dulles International Airport in Sterling, Va., Friday, June 8, 2018, the day after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup ...
    Barry Trotz has resigned as coach of the Washington Capitals after leading them to the Stanley Cup.More >>
    Barry Trotz has resigned as coach of the Washington Capitals after leading them to the Stanley Cup.More >>
Powered by Frankly