Ashlee Moore jumps up the leaderboards after winning heptathlon long jump

Ashlee Moore didn’t finish out day one in strong fashion. Ranking 11th heading into the heptathlon long jump, Moore faced an uphill battle to get back into the mix.

She conquered that challenge however, in her first event on day two.

Moore not only won the heptathlon long jump against strong head winds, but she also recorded a new personal best distance of 5.86 meters, up 0.06 meters from her previous record. Since placing second in the women’s 100 meter hurdles to begin the competition, Moore has revived her medal hopes after struggling in the shot put and 200 meters.

With 4138 points through four events, Moore now ranks in sixth place. Currently atop of the rankings are Great Britain’s Morgan Lake (4640), Netherlands’ Nadine Vesser (4498) and Cuba’s Yorgelis Rodríguez (4469).

Moore will continue this afternoon with Group B in the javelin throw heptathlon at 2:50 p.m. PST. The heptathlon will conclude with the 800 meters at 7:10 p.m. PST.

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