August 8, 2012
She had to sweat until the end, but former CSU great Janay DeLoach held on to win the bronze medal in the women's long jump.
Janay DeLoach made history Wednesday, earning a bronze medal in the long jump to become the first former CSU female athlete to win an Olympic track and field medal.
DeLoach posted a leap of 22 feet, 6 inches to slip into the third spot in the final standings. DeLoach had been in fourth place for much of the competition before hitting her best jump on the fifth of her six attempts.
Fellow American Brittney Reese, ranked No. 1 coming into the event, won gold at 23-4, while Russia's Elena Sokolova was second at 23-2.
DeLoach is just the second former CSU athlete to win a track and field medal, joining 1936 decathlon gold medalist Glenn Morris.
The former three-time All-American had to sweat until the end of the competition. Latvia's Ineta Radevica was just .01 meter behind DeLoach and had a chance to slip into third place on her final jump, but came up just short.
Following the competition, Reese and DeLoach – good friends on and off the track – draped American flags over their shoulders and waved to the crowd following the stirring competition.
Twelve jumpers made it to Wednesday's finals, with the top eight advancing after a three-jump preliminary round. DeLoach was in fourth after the preliminaries, then hit her best jump on her fifth attempt to move past Radevica.
DeLoach is expected to remain in Europe for the next few weeks to continue competing before returning to Fort Collins to marry her fiancé, Patrick Soukup, in September.