Witnessing Greatness in her Prime-Brittney Reese
In our opinion, we are witnessing the greatest female long jumper of all time. Britany Reese turned professional in 2008 and since then she has been dominate in the women’s long jump. Sometimes in society we are afraid to label the greats as the greatest so early. We tend to wait until that person is toward the end of their careers before acknowledging how great they’ve been. In this case I want everyone to just appreciate greatness as she is continuing to do great things in the women’s long jump. When you take a dive into the numbers, you would be hard-pressed to find a women in history to match what Brittney Reese has done from the college to the professional ranks. Looking at the numbers, it’s simply astonishing. While at the University of Mississippi, Reese won the women’s long jump in 2007 and 2008. Brittney Reese is an 4-time outdoor World champion in the women’s long jump, her 4 gold medals in the women’s long jump is the most all-time in World championship history. From 2009-2013 is when Reese was on another level from everyone else. Reese made more World championship history when she became the only athlete to win 3 straight women’s long jump titles in 2009 (Berlin), 2011(Daegu), and 2013(Moscow). During that span Reese also became the first female athlete to repeat as World indoor long jump champion by winning in 2010(Doha) & 2012(Istanbul). Her mark of 7.23 meters at the 2012 World indoor championships was a new American Record. In 2012, she reached the pinnacle of our sport with winning the Olympic gold medal at the London Olympics. Reese holds the 9th best long jump on the all-time list of 7.31 meters and we certainly feel that her best jump is still ahead of her. Another reason why we feel that she is the greatest is her consistency over her career, five times in her career she has had the season’s best jump.
Most track & field athletes enter their prime during the age span of 23 years old to 28 years old, and Brittney Reese’s dominance from 2009-2013 most will argue was her prime as a long jumper. While that time was a great span in her career we believe she has better performances ahead, and she is still in her prime. Our reasoning for this is her performances the past two years. In 2016, Reese won her third long jump World indoor championship, that gold medal tied her for the most World indoor titles of all-time with Tatyana Kotova of Russia. Later on that summer, she took home the silver medal at the Rio Olympic games. The championships are great, but when you add to that she had the world’s best jump of 7.31 meters for outdoors it shows her performances are still at the top of the event. Keeping with the story of greatness, in 2017 Reese won her record fourth World outdoor long jump championship. With her longevity, consistency, championships, and dominance it would be difficult to not put her at the throne on the women’s long jump, but the fun part is that she may not be done yet. So when you look at the numbers, most ever outdoor long jump world championship titles, tied for the most indoor long jump world championship titles, 2-time Olympic medalist (1 Gold, 1 Silver) you cannot deny that she is the most accomplished female long jumper of all-time, and in our sport most accomplished means greatest ever. We will certainly enjoy her while she still continues to build on what is an already Hall of Fame resume’.
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