Reese wins 3rd women’s long jump title at worlds

United States' Brittney Reese competes in the women's long jump final at the World Athletics Championships in the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

United States’ Brittney Reese competes in the women’s long jump final at the World Athletics Championships in the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

The Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) — Olympic champion Brittney Reese (Ole Miss) of the U.S. won her third straight long jump world title Sunday, holding off Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria at the world championships.

Reese reached the final as last qualifier but jumped 23 feet on her second attempt to beat Okagbare by less than an inch. Okagbare had beaten Reese earlier this season.

Ivana Spanovic took the bronze medal in a Serbian record jump of 22-4 1/2.

Okagbare ran earlier in the day to reach the 100-meter semifinals. She is a medal favorite in that event Monday.