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Elyria native Tianna Bartoletta headed back to Olympics after qualifying in long jump on busy day

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Tianna Bartoletta is going back to the Olympics.

The 2012 gold medalist in the 4x100 relay placed second in the long jump Saturday at the U.S. Olympic trials in Eugene, Ore.

She also proved she’s one of the world’s top multitaskers.

Bartoletta, an Elyria High graduate whose maiden name is Madison, earned her second Olympic berth while going back-and-forth from the long jump pit to the track, where she won her heat in the 100 meters.

Her two events were scheduled simultaneously, and her petition to have the schedule changed was denied.

After flying 23 feet, ½ inch on her first long jump attempt, she headed to the track and ran 11.03 seconds. The semifinals of the 100 are today at 7:02 p.m., with the finals at 8:44.

Bartoletta is a two-time world champion (2005, ’15) in the long jump but will jump in the Olympics for the first time next month in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

She passed four times in six rounds Saturday to conserve energy, and her first leap was her best. She finished runner-up to Brittney Reese, whose jump of 23-11¾ was the longest of 2016. Janay DeLoach was the third qualifier to Rio.

“I didn’t come into today trying to win the long jump because I knew it would be a difficult task having to run the 100 between rounds,” Bartoletta said.

“We just wanted to be on the team in the long jump and then focus on the 100 tomorrow.”

Bartoletta knew the grind she’d face Saturday, so she prepared as best she could and proved up to the task on an 83-degree day.

“We changed the practices so I would go from the runway to the sprint, back to the runway,” she said. “Even though the pressure of being at the Olympic trials was higher, my body was actually used to doing that.”

Bartoletta, who turns 31 in August, won a gold medal in the 2012 Olympics in London as part of the 4x100 relay that set a world record in 40.82 seconds.

She also finished fourth in the 100 in a personal-best 10.85 seconds after placing second at the Olympic trials.

She won nine state championships for Elyria. She lives in Tampa, Fla.



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