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Ole Miss Alumna Brittney Reese Wins Gold in Long Jump

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Aug 7, 2012; London, United Kingdom; Brittney Reese (USA) competes in the women's long jump qualifying during the 2012 London Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 7, 2012; London, United Kingdom; Brittney Reese (USA) competes in the women's long jump qualifying during the 2012 London Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Former Rebel track and field standout Brittney Reese has won the gold medal in the women's long jump at the 2012 London Olympics, with a winning mark of 7.15 meters. Going into the 2012 games, Reese was the reigning world champion in the event and the odds-on favorite to win the gold, but she faced stiff competition - not only from athletes from other nations but also her fellow Americans - and overcame a few faulty jumps to seal the deal.

In other Ole Miss Rebel Olympics news, Isiah Young, a current Ole Miss student and the reigning SEC 200M champion, did not make the final cut for the event after doing well enough to advance in the initial qualifying stages. Jennifer Gillom, a former Ole Miss Rebel and Olympic gold medalist herself in women's basketball, is an assistant coach with this year's (yet again) gold medal favorite women's team. And former Ole Miss tennis standout Mahesh Bhupathi is still competing for his home nation of India in their bid for gold in men's doubles.

Congratulations, Hotty Toddy, God Bless America, USA #1, love it or leave it, et cetera.