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1997 World Championships in Athletics Athens, Greece

1997 6th IAAF World Championships - Athens - Women's Long Jump

 

 

Host City: Athens, Greece Format: Qualifying Round (6.70 or top 12 to final) (Aug 7)
Dates: August 1–10, 1997
Nations participating: 198
Athletes participating: 1882
    Main venue: Olympic Stadium
Overview by IAAF   oaka7 
The shock winner of the Olympic gold medal, Ajunwa, led the qualifiers by a whopping 21cm margin at 7.01 but, her left thigh heavily strapped, she hurt herself on her first jump in the final and had to be carried off on a stretcher. Defending champion May led the final with her opening leap of 6.91 until local heroine Xanthou went ahead by 2cm in the third round. However, one round later the 1995 world indoor champion Galkina, a former world junior triple jump record holder, stretched out to a timely personal best of 7.05. Xanthou improved slightly to 6.94 to consolidate second place. May’s 6.91 held up for bronze but, with thousands of Greeks whistling in an unsporting attempt to distract her, the British-born Italian marginally fouled her final attempt, landing beyond 7m. Drechsler, champion in 1983 and 1993, fell just short of a medal with her last jump and one place ahead of another former world champion and record holder in Jackie JoynerKersee. The 100m champion Jones, a novice at this event, placed tenth.
These are the official results of the Women's Long Jump event at the 1997 IAAF World Championships in Athens, Greece. There were a total number of 44 participating athletes, with two qualifying groups and the final held on Saturday August 6, 1997.

Records

World Record  Galina Chistyakova (URS) 7.52 Leningrad, Soviet Union 11 June 1988
Championship Record  Jackie Joyner-Kersee (USA) 7.36 Rome, Italy 4 September 1987
 
  Long Jump 7 August

Event Report Women Long Jump Final

A spirited competition on the long jump runway produced several big surprises. Lyudmila Galkina of Russia triumphed over better known names to win with a leap of 7.05. Galkina, the world indoor champion in 1995, failed to make the final at both the 1995 Worlds and the 1996 Olympics, so a win here came as a big relief. After the first round, Fiona May of Italy, the defending champion, led with a 6.91. Galkina leapt 6.89 on her first effort. Two-time champion, Jackie Joyner-Kersee sat in 3rd at 6.79. Greece’s Niki Xanthou gave notice that she would challenge when she fouled her first leap in 6.80 territory. May fouled her next two attempts while Xanthou thrilled the audience with a 6.93 that vaulted her into the lead. In round four, Galkina came back with a 7.05 to grab the top spot. Xanthou responded well with an improvement to 6.94. In the final round, Germany’s Heike Drechsler improved to 6.89, good for 4th. Xanthou fouled her last attempt, and Galkina passed. That left May as the final jumper. She nearly moved up to gold with an impressive leap that was safely farther than 7.00, but a narrow foul kept her to bronze. Xanthou’s is the first silver medal ever won by Greece at the World Championships. Chioma Ajunwa, the Olympic champion, attempted to compete but reinjured her left hamstring in an aborted effort of 5.21. Marion Jones, the 100m gold medallist, experienced severe problems with her run-up. Her only fair jump measured 6.63 and she finished 8th.
  Final
1 Lyudmila Galkina RUS 20 Jan 72 7.05 0.6
2 Níki Xánthou GRE 11 Oct 73 6.94 0.1
3 Fiona May ITA 12 Dec 69 6.91 0.8
4 Heike Drechsler GER 16 Dec 64 6.89 -0.1
5 Jackie Joyner-Kersee USA 3 Mar 62 6.79 0.7
6 Susen Tiedtke GER 23 Jan 69 6.78 -0.1
7 Viktoriya Vershinina UKR 11 Jun 71 6.71 0.8
8 Erica Johansson SWE 5 Feb 74 6.64 -0.3
9 Magdalena Hristova BUL 25 Feb 77 6.64 0.4
10 Marion Jones USA 12 Oct 75 6.63 0.0
11 Sharon Jaklofsky NED 30 Sep 68 6.61 1.0
12 Chioma Ajunwa NGR 25 Dec 70 5.21 -0.3
Final 18:25 Distance wind 1. 2. 3. 4. 5 6.
1 Lyudmila Galkina RUS 7.05m +0.6 6.89 6.85 X 7.05 X X
2 Niki Xanthou GRE 6.94m +0.1 X 6.69 6.93 6.94 X X
3 Fiona May ITA 6.91m +0.8 6.91 X X 6.78 6.66 X
4 Heike Daute-Drechsler GER 6.89m -0.1 6.62 6.69 X 4.90 6.87 6.89
5 Jackie Joyner-Kersee USA 6.79m +0.7 6.79 6.78 X 6.72 6.78 6.60
6 Susen Tiedtke GER 6.78m -0.1 6.75 X X 6.78 6.54 6.77
7 Viktoriya Vershinina UKR 6.71m +0.8 4.28 6.71 X X 6.56 6.54
8 Erica Johansson SWE 6.64m -0.3 X 6.54 6.64 6.54 5.34 6.41
9 Magdalena Khristova BUL 6.64m +0.4 X X 6.64 X X 6.45
10 Marion Jones USA 6.63m 0.0 X X 6.63
11 Sharon Jaklofsky NED 6.61m +1.0 6.61 6.60 6.38
12 Chioma Ajunwa NGR 5.21m -0.3 5.21 X X

Event Report Women Long Jump Qualification

Olympic champion, Chioma Ajunwa of Nigeria produced the longest jump of the qualifying round, and the longest jump of the year, 7.01, on her second attempt to take her into the final on Saturday. She was the best of only six women to exceed the automatic qualifying mark of 6.70, four from group A and two from B. She will be joined by the 1992 Olympic champion, Heike Drechsler. The German, who was world champion in 1983 and 1993, was the first to produce a leap beyond the automatic qualifying distance, jumping 6.80 on her second attempt. It was followed immediately by Ajunwa’s effort. The world’s leading jumper this year prior to this competition, Lyudmila Galkina of Russia, also qualified automatically with 6.75 on her second attempt. The Olympic silver medallist, Fiona May of Italy was another to qualify automatically, but only on her final attempt. She was in 11th position with eight others still to jump when she produced 6.73 to move her to joint fourth position, equal with Sharon Jaklofsky of the Netherlands. Drechsler’s teammate, Susan Tiedtke-Greene, was the other jumper to qualify automatically, with 6.72. Two Americans struggled to qualify - Marion Jones, the recently crowned 100m champion, who scraped in at 12th place with 6.59; and Jackie Joyner-Kersee, the world champion in 1987 and 1991, who qualified in equal 10th position, 6.62 her best attempt. The world heptathlon champion, Sabine Braun of Germany, who has a long jump best of 6.76, achieved this year, did not make it to the final, managing only 6.20. She passed her third attempt.
Qualification 7 August
Group A
1 Chioma Ajunwa NGR 7,01 +1.1
2 Heike Daute-Drechsler GER 6,80 -0.3
3 Lyudmila Galkina RUS 6,75 +0.2
4 Sharon Jaklofsky NED 6,73 +0.5
5 Erica Johansson SWE 6,64 -0.4
6 Magdalena Khristova BUL 6,63 +0.2
7 Jackie Joyner-Kersee USA 6,62 -0.8
8 Marion Jones USA 6,59 -0.3
9 Heli Koivula FIN 6,57 -0.2
10 Yelena Shekhovtsova UKR 6,52 -0.4
11 Tunde Vaszi HUN 6,52 +0.4
12 Lacena Golding JAM 6,50 +0.1
13 Renata Nielsen DEN 6,49 +0.1
14 Linda Ferga FRA 6,46 -0.2
15 Valentina Gotovska LAT 6,20 +0.2
16 Sabine Braun GER 6,20 +0.4
17 Andrea Avila ARG 6,08 +1.1
18 Paraskevi Patoulidou GRE 5,90 -0.9
19 Siulolo Liku TON 5,83 +0.7
20 Gilda Massa PER 5,51 -0.6
- Flora Hyacinth ISV DNS
Group B
1 Fiona May ITA 6,73 -0.1
2 Susen Tiedtke GER 6,72 0.2
3 Viktoriya Vershinina UKR 6,66 1.0
4 Niki Xanthou GRE 6,62 0.3
5 Joanne Wise GBR 6,52 0.5
6 Ljudmila Ninova-Rudoll AUT 6,50 0.6
7 Nina Perevedentseva RUS 6,45 -0.4
8 Agata Karczmarek POL 6,44 0.5
9 Yelena Pershina KZK 6,38 0.5
10 Jackie Edwards BAH 6,38 -0.6
11 Sharon Couch-Jewell USA 6,37 -0.1
12 Nadine Caster FRA 6,37 -0.3
13 Yelena Donkina RUS 6,29 0.9
14 Chantal Brunner NZL 6,26 0.2
15 Eunice Barber SLE 6,19 0.2
16 Jelena Blazevica LAT 6,18 0.6
17 Yelena Lemeshevskaya BLR 6,07 -0.2
18 Luciana Alves Dos Santos BRA 5,92 0.7
19 Anja Valant SLO 5,77 1.0
20 Elisa Perez DOM 5,67 0.0
21 Vera Bregu-Bitanji ALB 5,58 -0.4
22 Maria Fletschmann GUA 5,25 0.2
23 Isis Moreno PAN 5,08 -0.9
Group A Distance wind 1. 2. 3.
1 Chioma Ajunwa NGR 7.01m +1.1 6.67 7.01
2 Heike Daute-Drechsler GER 6.80m -0.3 6.31 6.80
3 Lyudmila Galkina RUS 6.75m +0.2 6.57 6.75 X
4 Sharon Jaklofsky NED 6.73m +0.5 X 6.73 X
5 Erica Johansson SWE 6.64m -0.4 6.27 6.36 6.64
6 Magdalena Khristova BUL 6.63m +0.2 X 6.63 X
7 Jackie Joyner-Kersee USA 6.62m -0.8 6.51 6.62 6.28
8 Marion Jones USA 6.59m -0.3 6.59 6.37 X
9 Heli Koivula FIN 6.57m -0.2 6.45 X 6.57
10 Yelena Shekhovtsova UKR 6.52m -0.4 6.48 X 6.52
11 Tunde Vaszi HUN 6.52m +0.4 6.35 X 6.52
12 Lacena Golding JAM 6.50m +0.1 X X 6.50
13 Renata Nielsen DEN 6.49m +0.1 6.43 6.34 6.49
14 Linda Ferga FRA 6.46m -0.2 6.46 6.20 6.35
15 Valentina Gotovska LAT 6.20m +0.2 6.20 X 6.19
16 Sabine Braun GER 6.20m +0.4 6.20 6.03 X
17 Andrea Avila ARG 6.08m +1.1 X 6.08 X
18 Paraskevi Patoulidou GRE 5.90m -0.9 X X 5.90
19 Siulolo Liku TON 5.83m +0.7 5.83
20 Gilda Massa PER 5.51m -0.6 5.51
- Flora Hyacinth ISV DNS
Group B Distance 1. 2. 3.  
1 Fiona May ITA 6.73m 6.61 6.54 6.73
2 Susen Tiedtke GER 6.72m 6.59 6.72
3 Viktoriya Vershinina UKR 6.66m 6.34 6.50 6.66
4 Niki Xanthou GRE 6.62m 6.62 6.61 X
5 Joanne Wise GBR 6.52m 6.52 6.42 X
6 Ljudmila Ninova-Rudoll AUT 6.50m 6.20 X 6.50
7 Nina Perevedentseva RUS 6.45m 5.70 6.45 6.30
8 Agata Karczmarek POL 6.44m 6.44 X X
9 Yelena Pershina KZK 6.38m 6.38 X 6.34
10 Jackie Edwards BAH 6.38m 5.99 6.04 6.38
11 Sharon Couch-Jewell USA 6.37m 6.37 X 6.29
12 Nadine Caster FRA 6.37m 6.14 6.37 X
13 Yelena Donkina RUS 6.29m 5.95 6.17 6.29
14 Chantal Brunner NZL 6.26m 5.98 6.07 6.26
15 Eunice Barber SLE 6.19m 6.19 X X
16 Jelena Blazevica LAT 6.18m 6.18 X X
17 Yelena Lemeshevskaya BLR 6.07m 6.07 5.90
18 Luciana Alves Dos Santos BRA 5.92m X 5.82 5.92
19 Anja Valant SLO 5.77m 5.77 X 5.50
20 Elisa Perez DOM 5.67m 5.67 5.63
21 Vera Bregu-Bitanji ALB 5.58m 5.58 X 5.52
22 Maria Fletschmann GUA 5.25m 5.25
23 Isis Moreno PAN 5.08m 4.88 5.08 4.76

Group A 07 AUG 1997 08:20

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Siulolo Liku TGA TGA 6.23  
2 Marion Jones USA USA 6.93 6.93
3 Linda Ferga-Khodadin FRA FRA 6.80 6.80
4 Magdalena Khristova BUL BUL 6.94  
5 Olena Shekhovtsova UKR UKR 6.97 6.88
6 Erica Johansson SWE SWE 6.78i  
7 Sabine Braun GER GER 6.76 6.76
8 Heike Drechsler GER GER 7.48 6.95i
9 Chioma Ajunwa NGR NGR 7.12 6.97i
10 Valentina Gotovska LAT LAT 6.52 6.43i
11 Lacena Golding-Clarke JAM JAM 6.45  
12 Paraskevi Patoulidou GRE GRE 6.58  
13 Flora Hyacinth ISV ISV 6.71 6.38i
14 Andrea Ávila ARG ARG 6.61  
15 Sharon Jaklofsky NED NED 6.75 6.61i
16 Gilda Massa PER PER 5.98  
17 Tünde Vaszi HUN HUN 6.73 6.66i
18 Lyudmila Galkina RUS RUS 6.95i 6.64i
19 Renata Nielsen DEN DEN 6.96 6.65
20 Heli Koivula Kruger FIN FIN 6.42 6.18
21 Jackie Joyner-Kersee USA USA 7.49  

Group B 07 AUG 1997 08:20

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Nina Perevedentseva RUS RUS 6.76i 6.76i
2 Maria Fletschmann GUA GUA 5.78  
3 Yelena Lemeshevskaya BLR BLR    
4 Níki Xánthou GRE GRE 7.01 6.91i
5 Jelena Blazevica LAT LAT 6.62 6.62
6 Luciana dos Santos BRA BRA    
7 Vera Bregu-Bitanji ALB ALB 6.53  
8 Viktoriya Vershynina UKR UKR 6.92 6.59
9 Susen Tiedtke GER GER 7.00 6.86
10 Joanne Wise GBR GBR 6.70i 6.70i
11 Agata Karczmarek POL POL 6.97 6.71i
12 Chantal Brunner NZL NZL 6.68 6.68
13 Nadine Caster FRA FRA 6.94  
14 Eunice Barber SLE SLE 6.70 6.70
15 Fiona May ITA ITA 7.02 6.97
16 Yelena Pershina KAZ KAZ 6.91  
17 Isis Moreno PAN PAN 5.58  
18 Ljudmila Ninova-Rudoll AUT AUT 7.09 6.71i
19 Yelena Donkina RUS RUS    
20 Anja Valant SLO SLO 6.24  
21 Jackie Edwards BAH BAH 6.80 6.52i
22 Sharon Couch USA USA 6.52  
23 Elisa Perez DOM DOM 6.28 6.28

 

 

 

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