Former SIU athlete finishes 16th in long jump at Rio Olympics


Bianca Stuart. (Dmitry Rozhkov via Wikimedia Commons)

By Ted Ward

A former SIU track and field athlete finished in the top-20 in the world in the women’s long jump Tuesday evening during the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Representing the Bahamas, Bianca Stuart, a 2009 SIU graduate, placed 16th in the women’s long jump preliminaries with a jump of 6.45 meters. The jump failed to advance her to the finals.

Stuart, born in Nassau, Bahamas, was a two-time All-American at SIU and placed 18th in the 2012 London Olympics.


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Ivana Spanovic of Serbia finished first in preliminary jumps with her 6.87 meter jump to pace the field for Wednesday’s final.

Staff writer Ted Ward can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @TedWard_DE.

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