American Bartoletta lands long jump gold

Thu Aug 18, 2016 1:07am EDT
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By Jack Stubbs

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Tianna Bartoletta shrugged off 100 meter disappointment to land the women's long jump gold medal on Wednesday, edging out defending Olympic champion and United States team mate Brittney Reese with a personal best leap of 7.17m.

Bartoletta, 30, the reigning world champion, produced her top mark in the fifth and penultimate round after the slow-starting Reese, who fouled with three of her first four jumps, had taken the lead with a 7.09m leap in the same round.

Reese, who has won more global long jump titles than any other woman, had one last chance to snatch gold but her final round jump of 7.15 was just shy of her compatriot's mark and she had to settle for a silver.

"I couldn't really celebrate. I kept thinking that at any moment (that) someone can jump something huge," Bartoletta told reporters.

It was the first time the U.S. had won gold and silver in the event.

"For Tianna to go out and throw up a big jump is really good and it just shows how dominant the USA is in jumps," Reese said.

"Tianna just out-jumped me this time. She deserves it and I'm just glad to be on the podium again."

Serbia's Ivana Spanovic took bronze with a national record of 7.08m.   Continued...

2016 Rio Olympics - Athletics - Final - Women's Long Jump Final - Olympic Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 17/08/2016. Tianna Bartoletta (USA) of USA celebrates winning the gold medal.  REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi