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Athletics at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Women's Long Jump

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Centennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: August 1, 1996
Date Finished: August 2, 1996

Gold: NGR Chioma Ajunwa
Silver: ITA Fiona May
Bronze: USA Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Summary

Heike Drechsler-Daute had won the last three European Championships but was injured and could not defend. In her absence Jackie Joyner-Kersee was favored but she had a hamstring injury and did not produce her best jumping. She would finally improve to 7.00 (22-11¾) in the final round and win a bronze medal, but the injury would cause her to withdraw from the heptathlon a few days later. In round one, Nigeria’s Chioma Ajunwa jumped 7.12 (23-4½) metres in round one to take the lead and it would hold up for the gold medal, 1995 World Champion Fiona May getting the silver. Ajunwa was a most unlikely winner. She had started out as a football (soccer) player, representing Nigeria at the 1991 Women’s World Cup, but then turned to track. But in 1992 she tested positive for anabolic steroids and was suspended for four years, only returning to competition a few weeks before the Atlanta Olympics.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Chioma Ajunwa 24 Nigeria NGR Gold
2 Fiona May 26 Italy ITA Silver
3 Jackie Joyner-Kersee 34 United States USA Bronze
4 Niki Xanthou 22 Greece GRE
5 Olena Shekhovtsova 24 Ukraine UKR
6 Agata Jaroszek-Karczmarek 32 Poland POL
7 Nicole Boegman-Staines 29 Australia AUS
8 Tünde Vaszi 24 Hungary HUN
9 Chantal Brunner 25 New Zealand NZL
10 Voula Patoulidou 31 Greece GRE
AC r2/2 Iva Prandzheva 24 Bulgaria BUL
AC r2/2 Sharon Jaklofsky 27 Netherlands NED
12 QR Flora Hyacinth 30 United States Virgin Islands ISV
13 QR Lissette Cuza 21 Cuba CUB
14 QR Jackie Edwards 25 Bahamas BAH
15 QR Yelena Pershina 32 Kazakhstan KAZ
16 QR Marieke Veltman 24 United States USA
17 QR Niurka Montalvo 28 Cuba CUB
18 QR Olga Rubleva 21 Russia RUS
19 QR Eunice Barber 21 Sierra Leone SLE
20 QR Regla Cárdeñas 21 Cuba CUB
21 QR Ksenija Predikaka 26 Slovenia SLO
22 QR Galina Čisťakovová 33 Slovakia SVK
23 QR Denise Lewis 23 Great Britain GBR
24 QR Yelena Sinchukova 35 Russia RUS
25 QR Diane Guthrie-Gresham 24 Jamaica JAM
26 QR Virge Naeris 26 Estonia EST
27 QR Valentīna Gotovska 30 Latvia LAT
28 QR Ana Siulolo Liku 22 Tonga TGA
29 QR Elma Muros 29 Philippines PHI
30 QR Rita Ináncsi 25 Hungary HUN
31 QR Andrea Ávila 26 Argentina ARG
32 QR Anzhela Atroshchenko 25 Belarus BLR
33 QR Shabana Akhtar 24 Pakistan PAK
34 QR Nicole Devonish 22 Canada CAN
35 QR Yelena Koshcheyeva 23 Kazakhstan KAZ
36 QR Nilufar Yasmin 21 Bangladesh BAN
37 QR Beryl Laramé 23 Seychelles SEY
AC QR Ljudmila Ninova 36 Austria AUT
AC QR Natasha Sazanovich 22 Belarus BLR
AC QR Renata Pytełewska-Nielsen 30 Denmark DEN
AC QR Heli Koivula-Kruger 21 Finland FIN
AC QR Lacena Golding-Clarke 21 Jamaica JAM
AC QR Mihaela Gheorghiu 24 Romania ROU
AC QR Lyudmila Galkina 24 Russia RUS
AC QR Inesa Kravets 29 Ukraine UKR
AC QR Viktoriya Vershynina 25 Ukraine UKR
AC QR Shana Williams 24 United States USA