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DEAGU, South Korea – Down to her last chance, Brittney Reese delivered in the clutch at the World Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
The former Ole Miss standout, the reigning women’s world long jump champion, qualified for today’s final on Saturday’s third and final attempt.
With a victory today, Reese would join track great Jackie Joyner-Kersee (1987, ’91) as the only women to win back-to-back world long jump titles. The worlds have switched to a bi-annual cycle since Joyner Kersee’s victories.
Reese, from Gulfport, finished with the third-best qualifying mark (22-31/2) on Saturday, after an opening jump of 21-01/2 followed by a foul.
She has the best long jump in the world this year, 23-71/4.
“My last jump was where I really need to be and I’m glad I ended it on that kind of a note,” said Reese, who was in 14th place before her final effort. “I’m just happy I got through to the next round.”
Maurren Maggi of Brazil led all qualifiers at 22-61/4, with Nastassia Mironchyk-Ivanova of Belarus second at 22-33/4.
Maggi, 35, was the 2008 Olympic gold medalist, while the 22-year-old Mironchyk-Ivanova has yet to medal in a major event.
Reese, who turns 25 on Sept. 9 finished fifth at the 2008 Olympics but was the youngest world champion a year later.
She’s one of eight reigning world champions from the U.S. in action at the worlds.
“It wasn’t quite as I thought it should have been today, but my legs are a little sluggish,” Reese said. “I think once I go back and get some rest and come back out here, I think I’ll be ready to go.”
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