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Tianna Bartoletta takes third in long jump at world championships

Tianna Bartoletta takes third in long jump at world championships

Three-time Olympic champion Tianna Bartoletta, three-time world champion Brittney Reese and 2016 Olympian Ajee Wilson are among the US athletes going after medals in the final weekend of the IAAF World Championships in London.

Darya Klishina, competing as a neutral athlete after the Russian federation was banned over state-sponsored doping, took silver for her first medal at a major finals after jumping 7 meters for the first time in six years. Reese, meanwhile, won the event at the 2009, 2011, and 2013 world championships and the 2012 Olympics before finishing second to Bartoletta in Rio.

Reese won with a leap of 7.02 on her third attempt and had to endure a nerve-wracking finale after receiving a red flag on her next three jumps. "I'm not done yet, I can assure you", said an emotional Reese who lost her grandfather recently. In her sombre post-race activity, she displayed the words that had been written on the inside of her vest number - "RIP Paw Paw". She went on to be an NCAA champion at Ole Miss. This is my first medal from a world championships, and, for me, it's my most important result.

"I was waiting many years (for 7m). It was good for me and I could be focused on just my result", she said. I was just too late on the board and I couldn't hit it right.