US Trials Champion Brittney Reese is 2nd In Monaco, 2nd in Stockholm
Monte Carlo - July 30, 2008
At the 2008 Herculis - Meeting Int. Athletisme in Monaco, there were several world leading performances as this was the last meeting before the Olympic Games.
The first world lead of the night came in the women’s long jump where Portuguesecontinued her strong momentum towards . A week ago the 28-year-old former heptathlete reached 7.04m in Stockholm and last night in the tiny Principality extended both her national record and world lead to 7.12m in the second round. Her fourth round 6.95m was also well ahead of runner-up Brittney Reese (6.76m), while Russian Lyudmila Kolchanova, who shared the world lead with Gomes heading into tonight’s competition, was a distant third (6.68m)
Reese who was undefeated in all of her US competitions this year has jumped a career best 6.95m in 2008. Her coach Joe Walker believes that the Olympic Games will bring out the +7.00m jumps.
Reese was also runner-up to Gomes in Stockholm on July 23rd with a 6.80m jump. With this being her first european experience, a lot of positives can be taken from these two meets where she jumped and competed against the world’s best long jumpers in preparation for the Olympic Games.
Reese now heads home to fine tune her training and prepare to bring home her first ever international championship medal after placing 8th at the 2007 Outdoor World Championships in Osaka Japan.
World Express Athletic Mgmt will be in Beijing China for the Olympic Games and send out updates of its athletes as they strive for Olympic glory:
Reggie Witherspoon (USA) - 4×400r
Brittney Reese (USA) - Long Jump
Trish Bartholomew (Grenada) - 400m
Sherridan Kirk (Trinidad) - 800m
After the Olympic Games, World Express athletes will return to europe and complete the 2008 season. Confirmed for the Lausanne Super GP meetingare Ivory Williams (100m - 9.94) and Brittney Reese (Long Jump).
US 100m sprinter Mark Jelks (:9.99) looks to continue his season in Europe after the Olympics after placing 3rd in Paris, 1st in Lucerne and 3rd in Athens during the first half of the european season.
Reggie Witherspoon (:44.99) is also eager to race after a 4th place finish in Rome, 5th in Rethymno as well as 6th in Paris. As is Joel Brown (:13.33) in the 110 hurdles who was 3rd in Barcelona, 6th in Athens, 4th in Lucerne, 2nd in Karlstad GP and 1st in Braschaat.
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