Former Tennessee track and field star Tianna Bartoletta earned an Olympic gold medal in the women’s 4×100 relay in London four years ago.
She’ll have a shot at earning at least one more gold next month in Rio de Janeiro, as the 30-year-old qualified for the long jump Saturday by finishing second at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
Bartlett, the reigning world champion in the event, also has a shot at advancing in the 100 meters.
“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 100m between rounds,” Bartoletta said, according to quotes distributed via USATF.com. “We just wanted to be on the team in the long jump and then focus on the 100 meters tomorrow.”
Bartloletta said she lobbied for the schedule to be changed, but her attempts were unsuccessful. Nonetheless, she made it work.