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Athletics at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Women's Long Jump

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Stadium, Beijing
Date Started: August 19, 2008
Date Finished: August 22, 2008

Gold: BRA Maurren Maggi
Silver: RUS Tatyana Lebedeva
Bronze: NGR Blessing Okagbare
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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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Maurren Maggi 32 Brazil BRA Gold
2 Tatyana Lebedeva 32 Russia RUS Silver
3 Blessing Okagbare 19 Nigeria NGR Bronze
4 Chelsea Hammond 25 Jamaica JAM
5 Brittney Reese 21 United States USA
6 Oksana Udmurtova 26 Russia RUS
7 Jade Johnson 28 Great Britain GBR
8 Grace Upshaw 32 United States USA
9 Carolina Klüft 25 Sweden SWE
10 Tabia Charles 23 Canada CAN
11 Keila da Costa 25 Brazil BRA
12 Funmi Jimoh 24 United States USA
14 QR Pigi Devetzi 32 Greece GRE
13 QR Tatyana Kotova 31 Russia RUS
15 QR Concepción Montaner 27 Spain ESP
16 QR Bronwyn Thompson 30 Australia AUS
17 QR Yargelis Savigne 23 Cuba CUB
18 QR Irina Stasyuk-Chernushenko 29 Belarus BLR
19 QR Kumiko Ikeda 27 Japan JPN
20 QR Denisa Ščerbova-Rosolová 21 Czech Republic CZE
21 QR Patricia Sylvester 25 Grenada GRN
22 QR Viorica Ţigău 28 Romania ROU
23 QR Vita Rybalko 25 Ukraine UKR
24 QR Karin Melis 25 Turkey TUR
25 QR Ruky Abdulai 22 Canada CAN
26 QR Nina Kolarič 21 Slovenia SLO
27 QR Ksenija Balta 21 Estonia EST
28 QR Jeong Sun-Ok 25 South Korea KOR
29 QR Olga Rypakova 23 Kazakhstan KAZ
30 QR Ivana Španović 18 Serbia SRB
31 QR Naide Gomes 28 Portugal POR
32 QR Olga Sergeyenko-Sudareva 24 Belarus BLR
33 QR Oleksandra Stadniuk 28 Ukraine UKR
34 QR Marestella Torres 27 Philippines PHI
35 QR Pamela Mouele-Mboussi 20 Congo (Brazzaville) CGO
36 QR Arantxa King 18 Bermuda BER
37 QR Rhonda Watkins 20 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
38 QR Tricia Flores 28 Belize BIZ
AC QR Jana Velďáková 27 Slovakia SVK
AC QR Anju Bobby George 31 India IND
AC QR Jackie Edwards 37 Bahamas BAH
AC QR Liudmyla Blonska 30 Ukraine UKR DQ (doping)