Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Athletic Hall of Famer Brittney Reese soared to her seventh world long jump championship in London on Friday.
Reese jumped 21 feet, 0.5 inches on her third attempt to claim her fourth IAAF World Outdoor Championship at Olympic Stadium, site of her 2012 Olympic gold medal win. She edged Russian's Darya Klishina by 2 centimeters, with the top four jumpers separated by just 6 centimeters or 2.5 inches.
"What a night," Reese said. "I'm real ecstatic today. I came out here with a mission, that was to get gold for my grandfather, and I'm glad I did that. My grandfather (King David Dunomes) passed away a couple of weeks ago.
"He's the reason I'm running track today. It was an emotional time for me. I'm glad I had the opportunity to come out here and get him a gold medal. He was my #1 fan. He was the type of person that will call a whole family to let them know I was on TV. To have him in my heart, I'm glad I came out with the gold."
The United States won gold and bronze in the event, with Tianna Bartoletta jumping 22-10.5. Bartoletta edged Reese at last year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
"It was tough because I thought that wasn't going to be enough," Reese said. "I know my competitors, and I know on any given day 7 meters is the mark and that any of them can go 7 meters. That third round was probably the best round for me to get myself in the best position to secure myself gold."
Reese was an NJCAA All-American in basketball at Gulf Coast, graduating in 2006. She went on to be an NCAA champion at Ole Miss. She's also won 10 U.S. championships in addition to an Olympic silver medal.