Brittney Reese Wins Gold Medal In Long Jump, Second American To Do So

Brittney Reese went far and fast. And no one in the women's long jump final could catch her, allowing Reese to win the U.S.'s second-ever gold medal in the event. She became the first since Jackie Joyner-Kersee won the event, which was her second gold medal of the 1988 games.

Reese jumped 7.12 meters on her first legal jump and, despite making just two of her six jumps in the final count, that mark held up for gold. Russia's Elena Sokolova topped out at 7.07 meters, and won silver for her efforts.

Bronze went to American Janay DeLoach, who beat Latvia's Ineta Radevica by .01 meters, 6.89 to 6.88, on her fifth jump.

Reese and DeLoach each winning medals in the event makes 2012 the first Olympics in which the U.S. has won two medals in the women's long jump. It's the first time a nation has won two medals in the event since Russia swept it at the 2004 Olympics.

For more on the Olympics, check out SB Nation's London 2012 Olympics Hub. For more on Olympic athletics, follow the 2012 Olympic athletics section.

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