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Olympic Track and Field 2016: Women's Long Jump Medal Winners, Scores, Results

Published by Bleacher Report on Thu, 18 Aug 2016

Tianna Bartoletta and Brittney Reese finished first and second, respectively, in the women's long jump Wednesday night in Rio de Janeiro to strengthen the United States' lead in the 2016 Summer Olympics medal table.Only two centimeters separated Bartoletta (7.17 meters) and Reese (7.15 meters), with Serbia's Ivana Spanovic coming in third.According to Paul Carr of ESPN Stats & Info, Bartoletta and Reese delivered the first gold-silver sweep in women's long jump for the U.S.Bartoletta's winning distance came on her fourth jump. It was a massive improvement from her previous best on the night, 6.95 meters, and helped her overtake Reese, who traveled 7.09 meters on her fourth attempt. TrackTown USA was glued to the action:Reese had one last chance to win gold with her fifth and final jump. Judging from her celebration, she appeared to think she did enough to climb into first. But she came up just short.The danger wasn't over for Bartoletta, who had to wait and see if Spanovic could reach 7.18 or more meters. When the 26-year-old Serbian failed to do so, it sealed the gold for Bartoletta. She went out for her last attempt anyway to see if she could improve on her previous jump but went only 7.13 meters.It's the second Olympic gold medal for Bartoletta, who was a part of the United States' winning 4x100-meter relay team in London in 2012. The U.S. has yet to finalize this year's relay team ahead of Thursday's qualifying races.Should Bartoletta miss out on the event, she'll at least leave Rio with a nice memento.
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