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2008 Olympic Games Beijing - Women's Long jump

 

 

Host City: Beijing, China Format: Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 6.75 metres advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 19, 2008  
Date Finished: August 22, 2008  
   
    Venue(s): Beijing National Stadium, Beijing
Overview by IAAF   2008_olympic_stadium.jpg 
 The big shock in the qualifying round was the elimination of world leader Naide Gomes. The Portuguese had leapt 7.12 in 2008 and in Beijing had two fouls in the range of 7m before managing only 6.29. The top three positions in the final were settled by the end of the first round, but this was not a competition with an obvious conclusion. To begin with, it had commenced with a substitution. Ukrainian Lyudmila Blonska qualified with 6.76, but failed a doping control test after apparently winning silver in the heptathlon. As a result, Okagbare was advanced to the final in place of Blonska, and rarely has an athlete made so much of a second chance. Lebedeva (6.97) and Maggi (a seasonal best of 7.04) had already determined the top medals when Okagbare took her first round jump, a lifetime best of 6.91 to ensure the bronze medal. Hammond, fourth placer with 6.79, also achieved her best in the first round. All the jumpers, save one, had jumped their furthest by the end of the second round. Lebedeva, defending her title, soared to her best jump of the year – 7.03, to fail by the smallest possible margin. Maggi’s jump had been perfect on the board, while Lebedeva had left 5.5cm to spare on her 7.03. The Russian accepted defeat graciously, but some other jumpers were less than thrilled by Maggi’s win, the Brazilian having served a two-year doping ban to 2005.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
Naide Gomes (POR) was favored, having won the World Indoor earlier in the year, and leading the world list. But she fouled her first two jumps in the qualifying round and then stutter-stepped on the third, failing to make the final. The early leader in the final was the defending champion, Tatyana Lebedeva (RUS), but Brazil’s Maureen Maggi took the lead near the end of the round with 7.04 (23-1¼). It would prove to be the winning jump. Lebedeva scared the lead with 7.03 (23-0¾) in the final round, but it was only good enough for the silver medal. The bronze medal went to Nigerian Blessing Okagbare, whose best jump was 6.91 (22-8) in the first round, but she was fortunate to be in the final. She had placed only 13th in qualifying, but when Ukrainian Lyudmila Blonska was disqualified after a doping positive was revealed from the heptathlon, Okagbare was advanced to the final in her stead. In an interview, she claimed her name (Blessing) was the reason for this lucky occurrence. Gold medalist Maggi was married to former Formula I race Antonio Pizzonia.
 

Records

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows:

World record  Galina Chistyakova (URS) 7.52 Leningrad, Soviet Union 11 June 1988
Olympic record  Jackie Joyner-Kersee (USA) 7.40 Seoul, South Korea 29 September 1988

No new world or Olympic records were set for this event.

 
        Results        

The women's long jump at the 2008 Summer Olympics took place on 19 and 22 August at the Beijing National Stadium.

The qualifying standards were 6.72 m (A standard) and 6.60 m (B standard)

Women's Long Jump - FINAL

 

A few years ago Eminem used to sing ‘one shot, one opportunity’.

Tonight, this motto belonged to South American record holder Maurren Higa Maggi who only needed ‘one shot’ to become Brazil’s first ever female Olympic champion and the country’s first gold medallist since Joaquim Cruz’s 800m Olympic title 24 years ago!

With the world season leader Naide Gomes unable to survive the qualification rounds three days ago, Maggi was catapulted into the seat of hot favourite with her 6.99m season’s best being top of the entry lists for tonight’s final.

Aged 32, Maggi hit the board to perfection the first time around and completed what would remain the longest jump of the evening at 7.04m.

But as it turned out, it was only just as defending Olympic champion Tatyana Lebedeva concluded with a seven metre plus six round effort which left Maggi holding her breath until the score board flashed 7.03m.

She had made history by just one centimetre!

But the real fairy tale of the competition was the story of Blessing Okagbare who at the age of 20 won her country’s second medal in the history of the women’s Long Jump after Chioma Ajunwa took gold back in 1996.

Okagbare was unfortunate enough to be the first athlete left out of the final as her 6.59m from the qualification round placed her in thirteenth. However, Okagbare was reinstated in tonight’s final after Lyudmila Blonska (who had jumped 6.70 in the qualification round) was disqualified from the competition for failing a doping test.

Okagbare also took her chance and her opening personal best of 6.91m survived assaults coming from all angles to hold on to a medal. And to think she had to spend 48 hours trying to recover from the disappointment of not making it through to the final only to be told she would actually be in that final less than 24 hours ago.

“It’s the biggest moment of my life,” Okagbare said. “Everything is a big miracle. I could not believe that I was out, and when I heard last night I was in the final, it was my time.”

“I took the courage to do it. After the qualification, everyone was disappointed. I never knew what happened, and today I knew I had to remove the shade from my eyes and do something.”

Jumping in second, Lebedeva was the first to score big tonight as she opened with 6.97. Her mark didn’t survive Maggi’s opener, and eventual winner, but remained safely in second after Okagbare concluded round one with her own personal best.

The competition had virtually ended after the first round as Jamaica’s Chelsea Hammond also opened with a personal best 6.79 which she would not improve on and which would remain safely in fourth.

US champion Brittney Reese who had been the best in the qualification rounds at 6.87 couldn’t do better than a second round 6.76 which left her in fifth.

Heptathlon Olympic champion Carolina Klüft did not make the cut after managing only 6.49, a bitter result which prompted her to declare about her future: “Hopefully I’ll do both (Long Jump and Heptathlon).

Another potential medallist to fail badly was Maggi’s team-mate Keila Costa who could only master 6.43 after fouling her first two attempts.

As all the athletes bar one set their best of the evening in either the first or second attempt, the Long Jump final failed to entertain – incidentally Lebedeva registered 4 fouls and Maggi 3 fouls – until the defending champion prepared for her last attempt.

Winner of the Triple Jump silver medal earlier this week, Lebedeva’s last round was big. In the end, it proved not big enough as she was just one centimetre off becoming only the second woman to win two gold medals in the event.  Had she hit the board better, she may have joined Heike Drechsler in the history books.

“After the last attempt, I cried. ‘Why, why’. I cried ‘why, why’?” Lebedeva said. “I tried everything, I fought everything. But maybe I lost my faith after the Triple Jump.”

Meanwhile, Maggi decided against taking her sixth attempt and instead went off to celebrate her second medal of the year after her silver at the IAAF World Indoor Championships.

“I wanted a medal,” she said. “It didn’t matter which one. I’m really happy to win gold. It’s not an ending. I’ll keep training in the future and I’ll go to London 2012.”

Laura Arcoleo for the IAAF

Long jump Women     Final 22 August      
                 
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 7.04 0.2   Maurren Higa Maggi Brazil BRA 25 Jun 76  
2 7.03 0.4   Tatyana Lebedeva Russia RUS 21 Jul 76  
3 6.91 0.1   Blessing Okagbare Nigeria NGR 9 Oct 88  
4 6.79 0.2   Chelsea Hammond Jamaica JAM 2 Aug 83  
5 6.76 0.4   Brittney Reese United States USA 9 Sep 86  
6 6.70 0.6   Oksana Udmurtova Russia RUS 1 Feb 82  
7 6.64 0.7   Jade Johnson Great Britain GBR 7 Jun 80  
8 6.58 0.4   Grace Upshaw United States USA 25 Sep 75  
9 6.49 0.2   Carolina Klüft Sweden SWE 2 Feb 83  
10 6.47 0.5   Tabia Charles Canada CAN 6 Apr 85  
11 6.43 0.3   Keila Costa Brazil BRA 6 Feb 83  
12 6.29 0.2   Funmi Jimoh United States USA 29 May 84  

Women's Long Jump - Qualification

 

It was one of these mornings when you wish you hadn’t woken up yet and all that has happened is just a bad dream for European Indoor champion Naide Gomes. Unfortunately for the Portuguese record holder and world season leader it was all very true.

Up until today, the 28-year-old European champion had been experiencing the best season of her life starting with a national indoor record 7.00m in Valencia, a national outdoor record 7.04m in Stockholm and a further improvement to 7.14m in her last warm up meeting prior to Beijing in Monaco.

 The fairy tale would not have a happy ending as Gomes could only manage a miserable 6.25m third and last round effort after two fouls. She hadn’t jumped so badly since 2000!

And to add to the disappointment, each of Gomes’ fouls was unmistakably over the 7 metre barrier.

Gomes was the unfortunate leader of a long list of notable non-qualifiers in a session exclusively reserved to the ladies (only the women’s javelin and women’s 200m first round were held this morning).

Defending Olympic silver medallist Tatyana Kotova did not make the cut as she only managed a second round 6.57m. She had a long foul at her last attempt which meant she would not compete in her third consecutive Olympic final.

After winning bronze in the Triple Jump Hrysopiyi Devetzi gave it a try in the Long Jump too but she too had to be content with 6.57m, a result which proved to be only 3 centimetres off the last qualification mark for the final.

Former World Junior champion Conception Montaner of Spain and Athens Olympics finalist Bronwyn Thompson were the next ones not to make it as both fouled their last attempt in a desperate effort to scrape into the final. In both cases it looked as though they could have made it through had the flag not been red.

World Triple Jump champion Yargelis Savigne, like Gomes, opened with two fouls. Her third was a mediocre 6.49m, well below the class the Cuban has been used to.

However, the demise of so many specialists should not take anything away from the twelve women who advanced to Friday’s final, three of which over the qualifying standard 6.75m. US champion Brittney Reese registered the best mark of the day with a second round 6.87m, just 6 centimetres off her personal best.

South American record holder Maurren Higa Maggi also went through the second time around with 6.79m with Heptathlon silver medallist Lyudmila Blonska scoring a season’s best 6.76m to be the third automatic finalist at 6.76m.

Defending Olympic champion Tatyana Lebedeva, who was second in the women’s Triple Jump two days ago, is still in the run to become the first woman ever to win back to back Olympic titles in the Long Jump her second round 6.70m being the best of the non automatic qualifiers.

Only Heike Drechsler has ever won two Olympic gold medals in the event but that was 8 years apart.

Another reigning Olympic champion has made it to the final as Carolina Klüft, arguably the best all-round female athlete of the last decade matched Lebedeva’s 6.70m. After failing to advance to the Triple Jump final, Klüft seems capable of setting what could be a fantastic upset in the Long Jump final.

In contrast with the men’s event, all three representatives from the USA managed to finish among the top 12, Grace Upshaw sixth at 6.68m and Funmilayo Jimoh tenth at 6.61m alongside Reese. Third at the US Trials, 24-year-old Jimoh was one of no fewer than four athletes to advance with a third round attempt.

After her, Russia’s Oksana Udmurtova leapt to a desperate 6.63m, which would prove enough to make it through by just 3 centimetres. The same scenario unfolded in Group B when first Kelia Costa, the second Brazilian, regrouped to land at 6.62m and then Jade Johnson, who was seventh at the Athens Games, leapt to 6.61m with the second to last jump of the day.

It took the British champion a long time to recover from the scare of not making it after an expression of incredible relief appeared on her face.

Her effort meant that Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare would have to watch the final from the stands after the 19-year-old had herself managed to leap into the final qualifying position with her 6.59m last round attempt.

The remaining two qualifiers came from Group A. Canada’s Tabia Charles’ second round effort 6.61m and Jamaica’s Chelsea Hammond’s first round effort 6.60m surviving to the assaults coming from all angles.

As it is often the case every centimetre mattered.

Laura Arcoleo for the IAAF

Long jump Women     Qualification 19 August      
                 
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 6.87 1.1 Q Brittney Reese United States USA 9 Sep 86  
2 6.79 0.3 Q Maurren Higa Maggi Brazil BRA 25 Jun 76  
3 6.70 1.0 Q Carolina Klüft Sweden SWE 2 Feb 83  
4 6.70 1.4 Q Tatyana Lebedeva Russia RUS 21 Jul 76  
5 6.68 0.6 Q Grace Upshaw United States USA 25 Sep 75  
6 6.63 0.5 Q Oksana Udmurtova Russia RUS 1 Feb 82  
7 6.62 0.7 Q Keila Costa Brazil BRA 6 Feb 83  
8 6.61 0.6 Q Tabia Charles Canada CAN 6 Apr 85  
9 6.61 0.8 Q Funmi Jimoh United States USA 29 May 84  
10 6.61 0.7 Q Jade Johnson Great Britain GBR 7 Jun 80  
11 6.60 0.4 Q Chelsea Hammond Jamaica JAM 2 Aug 83  
12 6.59 0.4 Q Blessing Okagbare Nigeria NGR 9 Oct 88  
13 6.57 1.2   Tatyana Kotova Russia RUS 11 Dec 76  
14 6.57 0.4   Hrisopiyí Devetzí Greece GRE 2 Jan 76  
15 6.53 0.7   Concepción Montaner Spain ESP 14 Jan 81  
16 6.53 0.3   Bronwyn Thompson Australia AUS 29 Jan 78  
17 6.49 0.1   Yargelis Savigne Cuba CUB 13 Nov 84  
18 6.48 1.1   Iryna Charnushenka-Stasiuk Belarus BLR 9 Mar 79  
19 6.47 0.1   Kumiko Imura Japan JPN 10 Jan 81  
20 6.46 1.5   Denisa Rosolová Czech Republic CZE 21 Aug 86  
21 6.44 0.9   Patricia Sylvester Grenada GRN 3 Feb 83  
22 6.44 0.2   Viorica Ţigău Romania ROU 12 Aug 79  
23 6.43 0.3   Viktoriya Rybalko Ukraine UKR 26 Oct 82  
24 6.42 -0.4   Karin Melis Mey Turkey TUR 31 May 84  
25 6.41 0.4   Ruky Abdulai Canada CAN 8 Aug 82  
26 6.40 0.6   Nina Kolarič Slovenia SLO 12 Dec 86  
27 6.38 0.7   Ksenija Balta Estonia EST 11 Jan 86  
28 6.33 0.5   Jung Soon-Ok South Korea KOR 23 Apr 83  
29 6.30 1.5   Olga Rypakova Kazakhstan KAZ 30 Nov 84  
30 6.30 1.8   Ivana Španović Serbia SRB 10 May 90  
31 6.29 0.5   Naide Gomes Portugal POR 20 Nov 79  
32 6.25 0.1   Volha Sudareva Belarus BLR 22 Feb 84  
33 6.19 0.0   Oleksandra Stadnyuk Ukraine UKR 16 Apr 80  
34 6.17 0.8   Marestella Sunang Philippines PHI 20 Feb 81  
35 6.06 0.9   Pamela Mouele Mboussi Congo CGO 7 May 88 NR
36 6.01 -0.3   Arantxa King Bermuda BER 27 Nov 89  
37 5.88 0.5   Rhonda Watkins Trinidad and Tobago TTO 9 Dec 87  
38 5.25 1.2   Tricia Flores Belize BIZ 27 Dec 79  
  DQ     Lyudmyla Blonska Ukraine UKR 9 Nov 77  
  NM     Jana Velďáková Slovakia SVK 3 Jun 81  
  NM     Anju B. George India IND 19 Apr 77  
  NM     Jackie Edwards Bahamas BAH 14 Apr 71  
 
Detailed View
 

Qualifying round

Qualifying performance 6.75 (Q) or at least 12 best performers (q) advance to the final.

Rank Group Name Nationality 1 2 3 Mark Notes
1 B Brittney Reese United States x 6.87
(+1.1)
  6.87 Q
2 A Maurren Higa Maggi Brazil 6.68
(+0.3)
6.79
(+0.3)
  6.79 Q
3 B Tatyana Lebedeva Russia 6.65
(+0.7)
6.70
(+1.4)
- 6.70 q
4 A Carolina Klüft Sweden 6.70
(+1.0)
x - 6.70 q
5 A Grace Upshaw United States 6.47
(−0.2)
6.68
(+0.6)
x 6.68 q
6 A Oksana Udmurtova Russia 6.48
(+1.3)
x 6.63
(+0.5)
6.63 q
7 B Keila Costa Brazil x 6.44
(+0.4)
6.62
(+0.7)
6.62 q
8 A Tabia Charles Canada 6.33
(+1.5)
6.61
(+0.6)
6.49
(+0.9)
6.61 q
9 A Funmi Jimoh United States 6.42
(+0.9)
6.28
(+1.1)
6.61
(+0.8)
6.61 q
10 B Jade Johnson Great Britain 6.33
(0.0)
6.15
(+0.2)
6.61
(+0.7)
6.61 q
11 A Chelsea Hammond Jamaica 6.60
(+0.4)
x x 6.60 q
12 B Blessing Okagbare Nigeria 6.37
(+0.2)
6.49
(+0.9)
6.59
(+0.4)
6.59 q
13 B Tatyana Kotova Russia 6.37
(+1.0)
6.57
(+1.2)
x 6.57  
14 A Hrysopiyí Devetzí Greece x 6.57
(+0.4)
x 6.57  
15 B Concepción Montaner Spain 6.53
(+0.7)
6.42
(+1.1)
6.43
(+0.7)
6.53  
16 B Bronwyn Thompson Australia x 6.53
(+0.3)
x 6.53  
17 A Yargelis Savigne Cuba x x 6.49
(+0.1)
6.49  
18 B Iryna Charnushenka-Stasiuk Belarus 6.48
(+1.1)
x x 6.48  
19 B Kumiko Ikeda Japan 6.44
(+0.8)
6.47
(+0.1)
x 6.47  
20 A Denisa Ščerbová Czech Republic 6.40
(+0.8)
6.46
(+1.5)
5.17
(−0.1)
6.46  
21 A Patricia Sylvester Grenada 6.44
(+0.9)
6.42
(+0.1)
6.38
(+0.4)
6.44  
22 B Viorica Țigău Romania x 6.38
(+0.7)
6.44
(+0.2)
6.44  
23 A Viktoriya Rybalko Ukraine x x 6.43
(+0.3)
6.43  
24 A Karin Melis Mey Turkey x 6.42
(−0.4)
x 6.42  
25 B Ruky Abdulai Canada x 6.41
(+0.4)
6.25
(+1.0)
6.41  
26 A Nina Kolarič Slovenia 4.92
(+1.4)
6.19
(0.0)
6.40
(+0.6)
6.40  
27 B Ksenija Balta Estonia x 6.38
(+0.7)
x 6.38  
28 B Soon-ok Jung South Korea x x 6.33
(+0.5)
6.33  
29 B Olga Rypakova Kazakhstan x 6.30
(+1.5)
6.04
(+0.6)
6.30  
30 B Ivana Španović Serbia x x 6.30
(+1.8)
6.30  
31 A Naide Gomes Portugal x x 6.29
(+0.5)
6.29  
32 A Volha Sergeenka Belarus 6.25
(+0.1)
6.02
(+0.4)
6.09
(−0.6)
6.25  
33 B Oleksandra Stadnyuk Ukraine x 6.19
(0.0)
x 6.19  
34 B Marestella Torres Philippines 4.27
(+0.6)
5.94
(−0.1)
6.17
(+0.8)
6.17  
35 A Pamela Mouele-Mboussi Congo x 5.94
(+0.6)
6.06
(+0.9)
6.06 NR
36 B Arantxa King Bermuda 6.01
(−0.3)
x x 6.01  
37 A Rhonda Watkins Trinidad and Tobago x 5.88
(+0.5)
x 5.88  
38 A Tricia Flores Belize 5.25
(+1.2)
x - 5.25  
N/A B Anju Bobby George India x x x NM  
N/A B Jackie Edwards Bahamas x x x NM  
N/A A Jana Velďáková Slovakia x x x NM  
N/A A Lyudmyla Blonska Ukraine       DSQ  
 

Final

22 August 2008 - 19:20

Rank Name Nationality 1 2 3 4 5 6 Result Notes
1st Maurren Higa Maggi Brazil 7.04 x x x 6.73 x 7.04 SB
2nd Tatyana Lebedeva Russia 6.97 x x x x 7.03 7.03 SB
3rd Blessing Okagbare Nigeria 6.91 6.62 6.79 6.70 6.83 x 6.91 PB
4 Chelsea Hammond Jamaica 6.79 6.68 6.51 x 6.64 6.59 6.79 PB
5 Brittney Reese United States 6.65 6.76 4.23 x 6.46 6.67 6.76  
6 Oksana Udmurtova Russia 6.69 6.70 6.67 6.61 6.65 6.49 6.70  
7 Jade Johnson Great Britain 6.51 6.64 6.40 6.59 6.43 x 6.64  
8 Grace Upshaw United States 6.58 x 6.52 x x x 6.58  
 
9 Carolina Klüft Sweden x 6.49 6.42   6.49  
10 Tabia Charles Canada 6.16 6.38 6.47   6.47  
11 Keila Costa Brazil x x 6.43   6.43  
12 Funmi Jimoh United States 6.24 x 6.29   6.29  

 

 

 

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