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Ole Miss makes impressive showing in London

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Ole Miss was well represented in the 2012 Olympics, as three former Rebels and one current Rebel competed in London.
 
Brittney Reese had the most success, winning the gold medal for the U.S. in the women’s long jump. Reese leaped 7.12 meters in the final, which gave her the gold by .05 meters.
 
“It’s a surreal moment,” Reese said in an interview with the Associated Press. “I got very emotional. You do when you’re representing your country.”
 
Reese, a five-time world champion at the USA Outdoor Championships, was one of the favorites in the long jump. At the 2012 World Indoor Championships, Reese posted a jump of 7.23 meters, the best mark in the world this year and the third longest jump ever by an American woman. Only Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Marion Jones have produced further jumps.
 
The London Games was Reese’s second Olympics. She placed fifth at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, which was the summer after she finished her career at Ole Miss. 
 
Reese competed from 2006 to 2008 for Ole Miss. She won the NCAA Championship in the women’s long jump at the Outdoor Championships in 2007 and was named the SEC Women’s Field Athlete of the Year the same year.
 
The 25-year-old Olympic gold medalist looks to defend her title and win second gold in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
 
“I feel like this is just the beginning,” Reese said. “I am going to train four more years and come back and hopefully defend my title.”
 
Jennifer Gillom joined Reese as a gold-medal winner in the 2012 Olympics with the USA women’s basketball team’s 86-50 win against France in the gold-medal game. Gillom, an assistant coach for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, served as an assistant coach for this year’s team. 
 
It wasn’t the first time Gillom achieved the highest Olympic success. She won her first gold medal as a player in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. Gillom began her professional career after putting up big numbers in the record books as a Rebel before graduating from Ole Miss in 1986. She is second all-time in Ole Miss women’s basketball history in points and third in rebounds.
 
The only current Rebel to compete in London was senior Isiah Young. In his first Olympics, Young represented the U.S. in the 200 meters. In the first round, he ran the 12th-fastest time with a run of 20.55 seconds to qualify for the semifinals. 
 
Young, the SEC outdoor champion in the 200 meters this past season, posted a time of 20.89 seconds in the semifinals but did not qualify for the finals.
 
The only former Rebel not to compete for the U.S. was Mahesh Bhupathi, who represented India in men’s tennis doubles. This marked the fifth-straight Olympics in which Bhupathi participated. 
 
This year Bhupathi was paired with Rohan Bopanna. The duo won their first match against Belarus 7-6(4) 6-7(4) 8-6. In their second match, they fell to Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet of France, who went on to win the bronze medal.
 
In Bhupathi’s final season at Ole Miss, he and Ali Hamadeh won the 1995 NCAA Doubles Championship.
 
All-time, 11 Olympians have represented Ole Miss over seven Games and have won five gold medals and one silver medal. Gillom is the only current or former Rebel to win multiple medals.