Gulfport native Brittney Reese wins seventh world championship

Ruben Hill
August 12, 2017

American Brittney Reese won a fourth world gold when she claimed victory in the women's long jump at the IAAF World Championships on Friday (Aug 11).

The flip side, which read "Believe in yourself / RIP Paw Paw #9", paid homage to Reese's grandfather who passed away this season due to illness.

Klishina jumped consistently well before producing her best effort in the fifth round with exactly seven metres.

Russian Darya Klishina, competing as a neutral with her country's federation banned by the IAAF over doping, claimed silver with 7.00m.

Tianna Bartoletta, the reigning Olympic gold medalist and the only other American to make the top eight, saved her best for last with a 6.97m leap that was good enough to take the bronze from Ivana Spanovic of Serbia. Bartoletta edged Reese at last year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. She's won world championships in 2009, 2010 (indoor), 2011, 2012 (indoor), 2013, and 2016 (indoor).

She said. 'I wanted to show this result in an Olympic Games, but I did not have a chance with the whole situation around me. Bartoletta jumped 6.88m in the fifth round whilst Klishina jumped 6.91m in the fourth round then 7.00m in the fifth to take second from Spanovic who occupied for quite some time. Bartoletta was out of the medals until she produced a leap of 6.97 metres with her final attempt at the London Stadium.

'I was just too late on the board and I couldn't hit it right.

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