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Athletics at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Women's Long Jump

Athletics at the 2012 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 7, 2012
Date Finished: August 8, 2012

Gold: USA Brittney Reese
Silver: RUS Yelena Sokolova
Bronze: USA Janay DeLoach

Summary

American Brittney Reese had won the last two World Championships and the last two World Indoor Championships, and led the world list in 2011 and so far in 2012. She was favored but the Russians, Yelena Sokolova and Anna Nazarova, were expected to challenge her for gold. The defending champion was Brazilian Maurren Maggi, but she was not considered a medal contender in 2012 and did not make the finals. Before the competition even began, one jumper was out when [Voula Papakhristou] of Greece became the first Olympian to be eliminated from the Olympics by Twitter, when she posted a racist Tweet concerning African immigrants in Greece and was excluded from the London Olympics by Greek officials. We're not quite sure how to list this - perhaps DQtweet.

All the favorites made it through qualifying, and the opening round was led by Latvian Ineta Radēviča, bronze medalist at the 2011 Worlds, with 6.88. After an opening foul, Reese popped 7.12 on her second jump, which would win her another title. Two jumpers later, Sokolova improved to 7.07, which would be the silver medal winning jump, leaving the battle for bronze. That position would be held by Radēviča through four rounds, but in the fifth round, surprising American Janay DeLoach edged her out with a 6.89 mark that brought her bronze, as Radēviča would finish fourth. Reese won gold with only two fair jumps, her winner and a fifth-round 6.69, along with four fouls. Nazarova never got into the medal fight, placing fifth with a best mark of 6.77 in the second round.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Brittney Reese 25 United States USA Gold
2 Yelena Sokolova 26 Russia RUS Silver
3 Janay DeLoach 26 United States USA Bronze
4 Ineta Radēviča 31 Latvia LAT
5 Anna Nazarova 26 Russia RUS
6 Lyudmila Kolchanova 32 Russia RUS
7 Anastasiya Mironchik-Ivanova 23 Belarus BLR
8 Éloyse Lesueur 24 France FRA
9 Shara Proctor 23 Great Britain GBR
10 Veronika Shutkova 26 Belarus BLR
11 Ivana Španović 22 Serbia SRB
12 r1/2 Arantxa King 22 Bermuda BER
13 r1/2 Olga Sergeyenko-Sudareva 28 Belarus BLR
14 r1/2 Maurren Maggi 36 Brazil BRA
15 r1/2 Chelsea Hayes 24 United States USA
16 r1/2 Blessing Okagbare 23 Nigeria NGR
17 r1/2 Bianca Stuart 24 Bahamas BAH
18 r1/2 Concepción Montaner 31 Spain ESP
19 r1/2 Vita Rybalko 29 Ukraine UKR
20 r1/2 Sostene Moguenara 22 Germany GER
21 r1/2 Marestella Torres 31 Philippines PHI
22 r1/2 Ola Sesay 33 Sierra Leone SLE
23 r1/2 Viorica Ţigău 32 Romania ROU
24 r1/2 Irène Pusterla 24 Switzerland SUI
25 r1/2 Marharyta Tverdokhlib 21 Ukraine UKR
26 r1/2 Jana Velďáková 31 Slovakia SVK
27 r1/2 Lauma Grīva 27 Latvia LAT
AC Maik'o Gogoladze 20 Georgia GEO NM
AC Yuliya Tarasova 26 Uzbekistan UZB NM
AC Karin Melis 29 Turkey TUR DQ