Aug 08, 2012 11:09 AM EDT
On Aug. 8, at 3:05 p.m. Eastern Time, 12 Olympic athletes will compete in the women's long jump finals, hoping they can soar high enough to win the acclaimed gold medal.
Three Russians will have a chance to take the medal home for their country - Anna Nazarova, Elena Sokolova and Lyudmila Kolchanova. Russia has the most players in the competition and hold the world record for women's high jump, set in 1988 by Galina Chistyakova with a distance of 7.52.
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Representing Team USA is Brittany Reese and Janay DeLoach. Reese, 25, has won the last two world titles in long jump and is back for her third consecutive win in the category at her second Olympic Games. DeLoach, 26, was the long jump runner up at the U.S. Trials.
Also competing will be athletes from Turkey, Great Britain and France, to name a few. Out of the competitors, Reese is the closest to the current world record, having a persona best of 7.23.
The track and field games of the Olympics play out over a span of 10 consecutive days and are comprised of 26 running events, three walking events, 16 field, the decathlon and the heptathlon.
To watch live streaming of the women's long jump finals, click here.
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