On Sunday at the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, Reese soared through the air to a mark of 7.23 meters (23-8.75), which breaks Jackie Joyner-Kersee’s 18-year-old American record by four inches.
In doing so, the Gulfport native captured her second straight world indoor long jump title and fourth consecutive world long jump title overall.
“I am blessed to become the first woman to win back-to-back indoor titles, plus the American and the Championships record,” Reese told reporters after her winning jump. “Istanbul will be a special place in my career, and I will now go for the Olympic gold, the only major title missing in my career.”
Reese moves to No. 3 on the all-time world list and records the farthest jump in the world since 1989.
She will be the favorite to win Olympic gold at the 2012 London Games this summer.