Athlete Quotes - Women's Long Jump Final
Brittney Reese, Olympic Qualifier, First Place
"At first it was kind of rough. The wind was swirling and I couldn't get my steps right. I kept getting behind so we kept moving it up so on my last jump we just said let's go for it. I went for it and we got a good jump in."
"Grace [Upshaw] jumped a 27 so I was like I can do that. My last jump I just said in my head you can do this. I have been practicing so hard I just went for it."
"Having marks like that recently has helped me a whole lot. I wasn't too nervous, but I was nervous at first but I came through."
"At first I didn't, but once I started running it felt great. I just knew it was coming. It was there."
"That is something that me and my coach are working on, getting more height and driving the knee. I have time to work on it and hopefully win a gold.
Grace Upshaw, Olympic Qualifier, Second Place
"It was the third-round jump and I definitely relaxed a little bit. The winds were strong, so my coach thought I needed more runway to really attack the board, but nothing quite fit as well as that third jump. I am grateful and I also got a PR, which didn't really surprise me because I know how I have been jumping in practice."
"This feels like the first step is over. Four years ago it was such a huge step for me to make the team, but this year I really want to do well in Beijing. I am looking forward to this and am finally healthy."
Funmi Jimoh, Olympic Qualifier, Third Place
"This means everything. I am very blessed to be here and this is what I wanted. This is a culmination of all the training I have done up unto this point."
"My goal is to learn how to jump under pressure in Beijing. My performance today was very here and there, but I am happy that it was enough to get me through."