Eielson grad Janay DeLoach wins Olympic bronze in long jump
FAIRBANKS — Janay DeLoach’s Twitter account on Wednesday included congratulations from a United States senator and a famous rapper. The surprise tweets arrived after the 2003 Eielson High School graduate earned a track and field medal in the London Summer Olympics.
DeLoach captured the bronze medal with a third-place finish in the women’s long jump on Wednesday at Olympic Stadium. The first-time Olympian leaped 22 feet, 7 1/4 inches and just barely made it to the medals podium.
DeLoach finished just one centimeter, or 0.39 inches, ahead of fourth-place jumper Ineta Radevica, of Latvia.
Consistency was a goal of DeLoach for the eight-jumper final after she posted the second-best mark and led the Americans in Tuesday’s qualifying round, reaching 22-4 1/4.Read full article