Aug. 7, 2012
By Nic Hallisey
Athletic Media Relations
LONDON—Former Colorado State All-American Janay DeLoach took the next step in her dream of obtaining an Olympic medal Tuesday, by qualifying for Wednesday’s finals in the long jump. DeLoach needed just one attempt to advance to the round of 12, boasting a distance of 6.81 meters.
In all, 32 hopefuls competed in the preliminary round, with the top 12 advancing to the finals. DeLoach’s distance ranked second on the day, behind only Great Britain’s Shara Proctor, who jumped 6.83 meters. DeLoach’s all-time best jump is 7.03 meters. American Brittney Reese also qualified for the finals, jumping 6.57 meters on her third and final attempt, after scratching the first two jumps.
Now, DeLoach will bid for her first gold medal, which will take place Wednesday at 1 p.m. (MDT). Should DeLoach earn herself a spot on the podium, she will become CSU’s third-ever medal-winner, and first since Amy Van Dyken took home two gold medals in the 2000 Olympic Games.
DeLoach is the two-time defending U.S. indoor champion, and finished fifth at the 2011 World Championships. She qualified for the Olympics by placing third at the U.S. Olympic Trials in June.
The Fort Collins resident has a degree in psychology and human development, and a master's degree in occupational therapy, from CSU.
Fans can follow DeLoach and the rest of the long jump competitors via live streaming.
DeLoach's bio from the IAAF website (PDF; p. 3)
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