May 25, 2009 – Belem Brazil
Twenty-two year-old American Brittney Reese arrived in Brazil as the leader of the 2009 world lists, but in the Rio GP she was beaten by the Olympic champion Maurren Maggi and fellow Brazilian Keila Costa. In Belém, Reese came back to score a magnificent victory and to extend her world season lead and PB to 7.06m (0.7).
The performance puts Reese in the third place of the all-time US lists, behind Jackie Joyner-Kersee’s 7.49 (1994), and Marion Jones’ 7.31 (1998). The former student of the University of Mississippi also became the sixth American to jump over 7m outdoors, and the country’s best – so far – in the millennium.
Reese, who was at the top of the 2009 world lists with her 6.99m from the Super GP of Doha (8 May), dominated the event from her first jump. Her series was: 6.75 (0.3), 6.78 (1.0), 7.06 (0.7), 6.82 (0.7).
There was controversy in the 2nd round as the officials re-measured Reese’s jump at the request of Maggi’s coach who was standing next to the long jump pit. Reese’s 2nd rd jump was initially marked at 6.81m but then changed to 6.78m at the coaches urging. After World Express manager protested to the meet officials, the coach was removed from the jumping area but the mark was still recorded as 6.78m. A protest was recorded by World Express to have the original mark recorded.
Maggi could not respond but Reese flew down the runway with a vengence to record the best jump in her career. She is now the favorite for gold in Berlin at the World Championships in August. Reese now knows what 7.00 meters feels like and is certain she can duplicate her performance today.
Reese now has wins in Jamaica, Doha and Belem GP with only a 3rd place finish in Rio due to the early morning competition. But in Belem she rose early in the day to new heights and new distances.
USA’s Rachelle Boone-Smith continues to regain her world-class status in the sprinting wars. Here in Belem she was 2nd in the 100m (:11.30) and 4th in the 200m (:22.87) with only 60 mins recovery between each. Smith enjoyed an excellent week of racing with two wins in Rio in the 100 and 200, 2nd place in Uberlandia in the 100m and then seasonal bests in both the 100 and 200 events in Belem. Joel Brown continues to record quality races throughout the early outdoor season as he was 2nd in Belem with a :13.52 clocking. His season best is :13.37 from Doha.
Trish Bartholomew of Grenada returns to racing after a brief layover at home to resolve visa issues as she ran :52.87 today after not training for 13 days. She is confident she can surpass her career best of :51.29 recorded last year as the NCAA Championship runner-up. Bartholomew has already been confirmed for Berlin and the World Championships by Grenada.
Next up for World Express athletes will be the Festival of Excellence meet in Toronto Canada. Deirdre Mullen (HJ), Sherridan Kirk (800m) and Said Ahmed (1500m) are all scheduled to compete on June 11th. Brittney Reese will return to Eugene Oregon for the Prefontaine Classic on June 7th. It is in Eugene that Reese had recorded her previous career best in 2008 with 6.95m in winning the US Trials.
World Express Athletic Mgmt.