Ole Miss track Olympians in action on Tuesday

By John L. Pitts/NEMS Daily Journal


A pair of track athletes with Ole Miss ties will be in action Tuesday at the London Olympics.

Rebels junior Isiah Young runs at 5:50 a.m. CT in the first round of the men’s 200 meters.

Young was third at the U.S. trials and is making his first Olympic appearance.

If he advances, the 200 semifinals are Wednesday.

Gulfport’s Brittney Reese, the favorite in the women’s long jump, will tackle the qualification round at 1:05 p.m. The finals are set for Wednesday afternoon.

It’s been 16 years since an American has medaled in the women’s long jump. Reese has the best jump in the world this year, 7.15 meters (23 feet, 5.5 inches).

Reese finished fifth at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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