Long jumper Radeviča wins bronze in Daegu world championships

Latvian long jumper Ineta Radeviča has won a bronze medal in the 2011 World Championships in track and field underway in Daegu, South Korea.

The 30-year-old Radeviča, a native of Krāslava, leaped 6.76 meters on her last try Aug. 28 to claim third place in the women’s long jump event, according to results reported on the official website of the championship, daegu2011.iaaf.org.

The gold medal went to the defending champion, 24-year-old Brittney Reese of the United States, who had only one valid jump. Her result was 6.82 meters. The silver went to Olga Kucherenko of Russia, whose best jump was 6.77 meters.

This was Radeviča’s second time competing in the World Championship. She last participated in 2005.

She is one of 15 athletes from Latvia participating in the world championships. Sponsored by the International Association of Athletics Federations, the championships began Aug. 27 and run through Sept. 4.

Latvian President Andris Bērziņš on Aug. 29 congratulated Radeviča on her bronze medal. She is the first athlete to win a medal in the championships in the history of independent Latvia.

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