Aug. 8, 2012
By Nick Frank
Athletic Media Relations
LONDON--Janay DeLoach fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming an Olympic medalist by placing third, thus earning a bronze medal, in the long jump Wednesday.
DeLoach's best jump was recorded at 6.89 meters (22-7 ¼), behind fellow American Brittney Reese (7.12) and Russian Elena Sokolova (7.07).
The initial field of hopefuls began at 32 but was trimmed down to 12 after Tuesday's preliminary rounds. At the start of the day on Tuesday each Olympian had three jumps, with the top eight advancing to the finals.
With the finish, she becomes only the third CSU athlete to medal in an Olympic event and the first since 2000, joining fellow Rams Amy Van Dyken (six swimming medals) and Glenn Morris (decathalon).
"She really grew into her role in track and field and really started to love and appreciate what track and field was all about," said CSU Head Coach Brian Bedard, who helped coach her throughout her tenure in Fort Collins. "I think that has really helped to carry her on to the next level or two since she has been here. Her commitment level and love of what she is doing has really grown."
DeLoach had previously posted a personal best of 7.03 meters. Additionally, she is the two-time defending U.S. indoor champion, and finished fifth at the 2011 World Championships.
Bedard believes that DeLoach's success can be motivation for current and prospective athletes.
"I think for the current athletes it shows what is possible," said Bedard. "For the athletes we are recruiting, it shows that if they come to Colorado State what they can do here. We have good coaches and good opportunities here and she obviously took advantage of those opportunities."
DeLoach's bio from the IAAF website (PDF; p. 3)
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