Two-time world champion Tianna Bartoletta finally has an Olympic gold medal, winning the long jump final with a life-time best 7.17 meters.
The 30-year-old American, who won her world titles a decade apart in 2005 and ‘15, responded to two big jumps from Ivana Spanovic and Brittney Reese on the fifth attempt to regain the lead with one round remaining. The lead stood.
Defending Olympic champion Brittney Reese of the United States, after three fouls on her first four attempts, took silver Wednesday with a best of 7.15 on her last go.
Spanovic, bronze medalist at the last two world championships, won the Olympic bronze with a Serbian national record of 7.08.