Brittney Reese

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Brittney Reese
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Reese in 2013
Personal information
Full nameBrittney Davon Reese
Born (1986-09-09) September 9, 1986 (age 33)
Inglewood, California, U.S.
AgentMark Pryor
Height5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight140 lb (64 kg)
CountryFlag of the United States.svg  United States
Sport Track and field
Event(s) Long jump
College teamOle Miss
Club Nike
Turned proJune 2008
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)7.31 (2016 Eugene)

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.



Born in Inglewood, California, [1] Reese is a 2004 graduate of Gulfport High School, where she became state champion in the long jump and triple jump. [2] 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. [3]


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 (6.9533 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. [4]

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. [5] Reese is the third youngest champion in the history of the event. [6]

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. [7]

At the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships, Reese successfully retained the gold medal in the long jump with a jump of 7.23 meters. [8] 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. [9] That year, she also won the Olympic gold medal, with another jump of 7.12 m. [10]

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.


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

Representing the Flag of the United States.svg  United States
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 8thLong jump 6.60 m (21 ft 7 34 in)
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 5thLong jump 6.76 m (22 ft 2 in)
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 1stLong jump 7.10 m (23 ft 3 12 in)
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 1stLong jump 6.70 m (21 ft 11 34 in)
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 1stLong jump 6.82 m (22 ft 4 12 in)
2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 1stLong jump 7.23 m (23 ft 8 12 in)
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 1stLong jump 7.12 m (23 ft 4 14 in)
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 1stLong jump 7.01 m (22 ft 11 34 in)
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 24th (q)Long jump 6.39 m (20 ft 11 12 in)
2016 World Indoor Championships Portland, United States 1stLong jump 7.22 m (23 ft 8 14 in)
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2ndLong jump 7.15 m (23 ft 5 14 in)
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 1stLong jump 7.02 m (23 ft 14 in)
2018 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 2ndLong jump 6.89 m (22 ft 7 14 in)
2019 World Championships Doha, Qatar 13th (q)Long jump 6.52 m (21 ft 4 12 in)

Personal bests

EventBest (m)VenueDateNote(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

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
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Women's long jump
Best year performance

Succeeded by
Flag of Russia.svg Olga Kucherenko
Preceded by
Flag of Russia.svg Olga Kucherenko
Women's long jump
Best year performance

Succeeded by
Flag of the United States.svg Tianna Bartoletta