Olympics: American Tianna Bartoletta lands long jump gold

Tianna Bartoletta and Brittney Reese of USA celebrate after the women's long jump final on August 17.
Tianna Bartoletta and Brittney Reese of USA celebrate after the women's long jump final on August 17. PHOTO: REUTERS

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Tianna Bartoletta of the United States leapt a personal best of 7.17m to claim gold in the women's long jump on Wednesday.

Her American team-mate and defending Olympic champion Brittney Reese battled it out with Serbia's Ivana Spanovic for second place, ultimately taking silver with a jump measuring 7.15m on her last attempt.

Spanovic went home with bronze after setting a national record of 7.08m.

Russia's Darya Klishina, the country's only track and field athlete in Rio, finished ninth after failing to make a mark beyond 6.63m.

Klishina had been carrying the medal hopes of her Russian team-mates who were excluded from the Games following revelations of state-backed doping in the country, and only won an appeal against her own ban on Monday.