Gulfport’s Brittney Reese wins silver medal in long jump
TOKYO, Japan (WLOX) - Brittney Reese put her name in track and field history - again - on Monday night, winning a silver medal in the long jump.
Reese has now won an Olympic medal in three different games (gold in 2012, silver in 2016). Germany’s Malaika Mihambo won gold by three centimeters, topping Reese’s 6.97-meter jump with a jump of 7 meters even.
Reese won fourth-place in Beijing in 2008, a landmark gold medal in London in 2012, a silver medal in Rio in 2016, and her second career silver in Tokyo this year. She now joins the ranks of USA’s Jackie Joyner-Kersee (gold in 1988, bronze in 1992, bronze in 1996) and Germany’s Heike Drechsler (silver in 1988, gold in 1992, gold in 2000).
Fans call her the “Usain Bolt of long jump,” and it’s hard for anyone to disagree. (The retired Jamaican sprinter Usain St. Leo Bolt is considered the greatest sprinter of all time.)
Reese, 34, told WLOX this was her last Olympics. She hoped to add a new gold medal to her collection, but she said her real goal was to inspire local children to follow their dreams.
“It’s a big honor. I’m grateful, and I’m proud to be able to represent Mississippi and also Gulfport,” Reese told WLOX. “I want kids in the area to look up to me and understand they can also be where I am today. It’s a great honor any time you’re able to represent the United States and wear the flag on your chest. It’s a great feeling, and I’m blessed and honored to do that.”
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