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Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Full name: Jacqueline "Jackie" Joyner-Kersee
Gender: Female
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: March 3, 1962 in East St. Louis, Illinois, United States
Affiliations: Tiger World Class Athletic Club/West Coast Athletic Club/McDonald's Track Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Sister-in-law of Florence Griffith Joyner; Sister of Al Joyner.

Medals: 3 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze (6 Total)

Biography

In any discussion of the greatest ever female athletes, Jackie Joyner-Kersee is on the list. In fact, Sports Illustrated voted her the greatest female athlete of the 20th century, just ahead of Babe Didrikson. JJK attended UCLA where she played basketball and competed in track & field. She represented the United States at four consecutive Olympics (1984-96) in the long jump and heptathlon, winning six Olympic medals, including three golds, with back-to-back golds in the hep in 1988-92, and a long jump gold in 1988. At the World Championships she was heptathlon champion in 1987 and 1993 and long jump champion in 1987 and 1991. In 1986, at the Goodwill Games, JJK won the heptathlon title, scoring 7,148 points, the first time any woman had scored over 7,000 points. It was the first of four world records Joyner-Kersee would set in the event, as she scored 7,161 points later in 1986 in Houston, and in 1988 set a mark of 7,215 at the Olympic Trials in Indianapolis, and recorded 7,291 to win the 1988 Olympic gold medal, a world record that still stands as of January 2012.

Joyner-Kersee also excelled individually in other events. She set a long jump world record with 7.45 done in Indianapolis in August 1987. In the 100 hurdles, she set two American records, her best being 12.61 set in 1988. She was voted Female Athlete of the Year by Track & Field News in 1986, 1987, and 1994, and only Florence Griffith Joyner's (her sister-in-law) stunning season kept her from a three-peat in 1988. In the world rankings, JJK was #1 in the heptathlon in 1986-90 and 1992-93, #1 in the long jump in 1987-88 and 1994, and was ranked in the top 10 in the 100 hurdles in 1987-88 and 1994.

Joyner-Kersee married her coach, Bob Kersee. Her brother, Al Joyner, won the 1984 Olympic triple jump gold medal, and her sister-in-law was the great sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner. Since her retirement from competition, JJK has devoted herself to charitable works through both the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation and Athletes for Hope.

Personal Bests: 100H – 12.61 (1988); LJ – 7.49 (1992 [twice]); Hep – 7291 (1988).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics Women's Long Jump United States USA 5
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics Women's Heptathlon United States USA 2 Silver
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics Women's Long Jump United States USA 1 Gold OR
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics Women's Heptathlon United States USA 1 Gold WR
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Athletics Women's Long Jump United States USA 3 Bronze
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Athletics Women's Heptathlon United States USA 1 Gold
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Athletics Women's Long Jump United States USA 3 Bronze
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Athletics Women's Heptathlon United States USA AC DNF

Women's Long Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD SBMD
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final Round 5 6.77
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final Round Round One NP foul
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final Round Round Two 3 6.72 6.72
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final Round Round Three 3 foul 6.72
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final Round Round Four 3 6.77 6.77
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final Round Round Five 4 foul 6.77
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final Round Round Six NP foul
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics United States Qualifying Round 1 QU 6.76
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A 1 6.76
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A Round One NP foul
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A Round Two 1 6.76 6.76
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A Round Three NP pass
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics United States Final Round 1 OR 7.40
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics United States Final Round Round One 2 7.00
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics United States Final Round Round Two 4 foul 7.00
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics United States Final Round Round Three 2 7.16 7.16
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics United States Final Round Round Four 2 foul 7.16
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics United States Final Round Round Five 1 OR 7.40 7.40
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics United States Final Round Round Six NP foul
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics United States Qualifying Round 3 QU 6.96
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A 1 6.96
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A Round One 1 6.96
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A Round Two 1 pass 6.96
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A Round Three NP pass
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Athletics United States Final Round 3 7.07
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Athletics United States Final Round Round One 2 7.07
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Athletics United States Final Round Round Two 2 foul 7.07
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Athletics United States Final Round Round Three 2 6.91 7.07
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Athletics United States Final Round Round Four 3 7.00 7.07
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Athletics United States Final Round Round Five 3 5.17 7.07
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Athletics United States Final Round Round Six NP 6.90
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Athletics United States Qualifying Round 5 QU 6.75
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B 3 6.75
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B Round One 1 6.75
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B Round Two 2 pass 6.75
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B Round Three NP pass
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Athletics United States Final Round 3 7.00
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Athletics United States Final Round Round One 7 6.55
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Athletics United States Final Round Round Two 6 6.75 6.75
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Athletics United States Final Round Round Three 6 6.86 6.86
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Athletics United States Final Round Round Four 6 foul 6.86
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Athletics United States Final Round Round Five 6 6.52 6.86
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Athletics United States Final Round Round Six NP 7.00
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Athletics United States Qualifying Round 6T QU 6.70 NM
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A 6T 6.70 NM
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A Round One 1T 6.70
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A Round Two 4T pass 6.70 NM
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A Round Three NP pass

Women's Heptathlon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank P(1977AT) P(1985AT) T(A) H P(1977T) P(1985T) C/F/P D
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final Standings 2 6.385 6.363
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics United States 100 metre hurdles 6 914 1.031 13.63
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics United States 100 metre hurdles Heat Three 5 914 1.031 13.63
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics United States High jump 9T 1.80 1.031 978
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics United States High jump 1.68 metres NP o
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics United States High jump 1.71 metres NP xo
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics United States High jump 1.74 metres NP o
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics United States High jump 1.77 metres NP xo
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics United States High jump 1.80 metres NP xxo
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics United States High jump 1.83 metres NP xxx
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics United States Shot put 1 861 820 14.39
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics United States Shot put Round One NP 14.39
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics United States Shot put Round Two NP 13.44
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics United States Shot put Round Three NP 12.77
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics United States 200 metres 1T 933 976 24.05
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics United States 200 metres Heat Three 1 933 976 24.05
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics United States Long jump 9 930 883 6.11
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics United States Long jump Round One NP foul
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics United States Long jump Round Two NP foul
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics United States Long jump Round Three NP 6.11
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics United States Javelin throw 3 835 754 44.52
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics United States Javelin throw Round One NP 39.78
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics United States Javelin throw Round Two NP 40.70
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics United States Javelin throw Round Three NP 44.52
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics United States 800 metres 9 881 921 2:13.03
1984 Summer 22 Los Angeles Athletics United States 800 metres Heat Three 6 881 921 2:13.03
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics United States Final Standings 1 WR 7.291
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics United States 100 metre hurdles 1 OB 1.172 12.69
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics United States 100 metre hurdles Heat Three 1 1.172 12.69
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics United States High jump 1T 1.86 1.054
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics United States High jump 1.71 metres NP o
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics United States High jump 1.77 metres NP o
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics United States High jump 1.83 metres NP o
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics United States High jump 1.86 metres NP xo
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics United States High jump 1.89 metres NP xxx
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics United States Shot put 2 915 15.80
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics United States Shot put Round One NP 15.80
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics United States Shot put Round Two NP 15.12
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics United States Shot put Round Three NP 14.86
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics United States 200 metres 1 OB 1.123 22.56
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics United States 200 metres Heat Three 1 1.123 22.56
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics United States Long jump 1 OR 1.264 7.27
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics United States Long jump Round One NP 7.27
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics United States Long jump Round Two NP foul
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics United States Long jump Round Three NP foul
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics United States Javelin throw 4 776 45.66
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics United States Javelin throw Round One NP 44.34
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics United States Javelin throw Round Two NP 45.66
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics United States Javelin throw Round Three NP foul
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics United States 800 metres 5 987 2:08.51
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics United States 800 metres Heat Three 5 987 2:08.51
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Athletics United States Final Standings 1 7.044
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Athletics United States 100 metre hurdles 1 1.147 12.85
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Athletics United States 100 metre hurdles Heat One 1 1.147 12.85
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Athletics United States High jump 2 1.91 1.119
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Athletics United States High jump 1.70 metres NP o
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Athletics United States High jump 1.76 metres NP o
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Athletics United States High jump 1.82 metres NP o
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Athletics United States High jump 1.85 metres NP o
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Athletics United States High jump 1.88 metres NP o
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Athletics United States High jump 1.91 metres NP o
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Athletics United States High jump 1.94 metres NP xxx
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Athletics United States Shot put 11 803 14.13
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Athletics United States Shot put Round One NP 12.65
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Athletics United States Shot put Round Two NP 14.13
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Athletics United States Shot put Round Three NP foul
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Athletics United States 200 metres 1 1.067 23.12
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Athletics United States 200 metres Heat Three 1 1.067 23.12
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Athletics United States Long jump 1 1.206 7.10
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Athletics United States Long jump Round One NP 6.46
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Athletics United States Long jump Round Two NP 7.10
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Athletics United States Long jump Round Three NP foul
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Athletics United States Javelin throw 12 763 44.98
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Athletics United States Javelin throw Round One NP 39.02
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Athletics United States Javelin throw Round Two NP 44.98
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Athletics United States Javelin throw Round Three NP 44.36
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Athletics United States 800 metres 9 939 2:11.78
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Athletics United States 800 metres Heat Three 5 939 2:11.78
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Athletics United States Final Standings AC DNF
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Athletics United States 100 metre hurdles 2 1.089 13.24
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Athletics United States 100 metre hurdles Heat Three 1 1.089 13.24
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