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Women's long jump will be hot

Published:Friday | May 29, 2015 | 12:00 AMRaymond Graham
Tianna Bartoletta
Brittney Reese

Tianna Bartoletta of the United States will be hoping to continue her winning ways in the women's long jump, which will be one of three Diamond League finals on today's opening day of the two-day Prefontaine meet in Eugene, Oregon. The men's discus and shot put are the other two Diamond League finals scheduled.

Bartoletta is the world leader in the event, following her winning leap of 6.99 metres at the Doha Diamond League meet, and she will be hoping to go over the 7.00 metres barrier. She has been, without a doubt, the best over the past two seasons. A year ago she had the top four best jumps in the world, including 7.02m in Oslo.

It has not been a great start in the event so far for the talented Brittney Reese, who has produced the longest jump over the past three years after leaping to an excellent 7.25 metres in 2013 in Doha, and she will be hoping to recapture some of that form. She has a season best of 6.79m.

While Reese is expected to battle strongly with her United States teammate, Bartoletta, both could be upstaged by a new kid on the block in Canadian Christobel Netty.

Netty, who finished third at the Doha meet with 6.93m, showed early in the year that she will be a big factor this year as she produced a personal best of 6.98 metres to win in April in Walnut, California.

Great Britain's Shara Proctor should also be a factor. She has dominated the event while competing in the NCAA Championships for the University of Florida, was second at the Doha meet with 6.95 metres, and could surprise here.