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Brittney Reese
Brittney Reese (2013 World Championships in Athletics) 02.jpg
Reese in 2013
Personal information
Nationality American
Born September 9, 1986 (1986-09-09) (age 35)
Inglewood, California, U.S.
Agent Mark Pryor
Height 5 ft 8 in
Weight 140 lb
Sport
Country  United States
Sport Track and field
Event(s) Long jump
College team Ole Miss
Club Nike
Turned pro June 2008
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • Outdoor
  • Long jump: 7.31 m (23 ft 11.67027559 in) (Eugene 2016)
  • Indoor
  • Long jump: 7.23 m (23 ft 8.52066930 in) AR (Istanbul 2012)

Brittney Davon Reese (born September 9, 1986) is an American long jumper, Olympic gold medalist, and a seven-time world champion. Reese is the indoor American record holder in the long jump with a distance of 7.23 meters.

Personal

Born in Inglewood, California, Reese is a 2004 graduate of Gulfport High School, where she became state champion in the long jump and triple jump. She later attended MGCCC and the University of Mississippi. Reese was a member of the women's basketball team at MGCCC and was recently inducted into their sports Hall of Fame.

Reese has been assistant track and field coach at San Diego Mesa College since 2013.

Career

She was the NCAA Outdoor Champion in long jump in 2007 and 2008. Reese set a personal best in the long jump of 22 feet 9.75 inches (6.95 meters) in July 2008 in Eugene, Oregon at the U.S. Olympic Trials to qualify for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. At the Olympics, Reese had the best qualifying jump at 6.87 meters. However, Reese placed fifth in the final, with a jump of 6.76 meters.

On May 24, 2009, in Belém, Reese extended her personal best to 7.06 m (0.7 m/s wind). This brought her to third on the American all-time list, behind Marion Jones and Jackie Joyner-Kersee.

At the 2009 World Athletics Championships, in Berlin, Reese won the long jump title with a jump of 7.10 meters, beating defending champion Tatyana Lebedeva. Reese is the third youngest champion in the history of the event.

At the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships, Reese won the gold medal in the long jump with a jump of 6.70 meters.

At the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, Reese successfully retained the gold medal in the long jump with a jump of 6.82 meters.

At the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships, Reese successfully retained the gold medal in the long jump with a jump of 7.23 meters. She became the first woman to win back-to-back World indoor titles in the long jump when she landed a 7.23 m last round effort, the longest mark indoors since 1989, a new American record and third on the all-time indoor lists. At the start of the outdoor season she broke Carol Lewis' long-standing meet record at the Mt SAC Relays with a jump of 7.12 m. That year, she also won the Olympic gold medal, with another jump of 7.12 m.

Reese won her third consecutive long jump world outdoor title at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow with a jump of 7.01m, beating Blessing Okagbare narrowly by 2 cm.

Reese is currently represented by Mark Pryor of World Express Sports Management.

Philanthropy

On November 14, 2011, Reese donated 100 turkeys and her time to various homeless and religious organizations in her community of Gulfport, Mississippi as her way of "giving back" to the community that has supported her throughout her athletic career. She wanted to make Thanksgiving a little easier, in an area where there are few resources for those in need.

On October 26, 2012, in conjunction with the Gulfport School District celebrating "Brittney Reese Day"; Reese created the B. Reese Scholarship which will be awarded annually to 1 male & 1 female student who has been accepted to a 2-year or 4-year college.

On May 21, 2013, the Reese Scholarship was awarded in Baltimore County Public Schools to a deserving student accepted to college or university who participated in the Allied Sports Program, coordinated by the Office of Athletics Director Michael Sye. The 2014 recipient of the scholarship is Bailey Weinkam, a Catonsville High School student that was born hearing impaired. Ms. Weinkam will attend Community College of Baltimore County in Fall 2014.

Major competition record

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the  United States
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 8th Long jump 6.60 m (21 ft 7.71751969 in)
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 5th Long jump 6.76 m (22 ft 2.01673229 in)
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 1st Long jump 7.10 m (23 ft 3.40255906 in)
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 1st Long jump 6.70 m (21 ft 11.65452756 in)
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 1st Long jump 6.82 m (22 ft 4.37893701 in)
2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 1st Long jump 7.23 m (23 ft 8.52066930 in)
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 1st Long jump 7.12 m (23 ft 4.18996063 in)
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 1st Long jump 7.01 m (22 ft 11.85925197 in)
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 24th (q) Long jump 6.39 m (20 ft 11.44980315 in)
2016 World Indoor Championships Portland, United States 1st Long jump 7.22 m (23 ft 8.12696851 in)
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2nd Long jump 7.15 m (23 ft 5.37106300 in)
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 1st Long jump 7.02 m (23 ft 0.25295276 in)
2018 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 2nd Long jump 6.89 m (22 ft 7.13484252 in)
2019 World Championships Doha, Qatar 13th (q) Long jump 6.52 m (21 ft 4.56791339 in)
2021 Olympic Games Tokyo, Japan 2nd Long jump 6.97 m (22 ft 10.28444882 in)

Personal bests

Event Best (m) Venue Date Note(s)
Long jump (outdoor) 7.31 +1.7 Eugene July 2, 2016 = #9 all time
Long jump (indoor) 7.23 Istanbul March 11, 2012 AR, NR, 4th of all time
  • All information taken from IAAF profile.
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