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Jackie Joyner-Kersee Gold Medal Heptathlon Long Jump

March 12, 2012 by staff 

Jackie Joyner-Kersee Gold Medal Heptathlon Long Jump, The early 1960s were considered a modern Camelot, with a vigorous President energizing the country and a beautiful wife standing by his side. It was into such a feeling of prosperity that a baby girl was born to the Joyner family on the mean streets of East St. Louis, Ill.

The baby was named Jacqueline, after President John Kennedy’s wife, because, as her grandmother said, “Some day this girl will be the first lady of something.”

Jeane Dixon couldn’t have made a better prediction. Jackie Joyner did become the first lady of something: Track and field.

She came to dominate the heptathlon, a demanding seven-event competition that measures speed, strength and stamina. Not only the possessor of the world record of 7,291 points, she also holds the next five highest scores. She was the first to register more than 7,000 points in the event, which consists of the 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200 meters, long jump, javelin and 800 meters.

After gaining an Olympic silver medal in 1984 when she was edged by less than a second for first, she captured gold at both the 1988 and 1992 Games. “She’s the greatest multi-event athlete ever, man or woman,” said Bruce Jenner, an expert on multi-events as the 1976 Olympic decathlon champion.

In the long jump, she tied the then-world record of 24 feet, 5½ inches at the 1987 Pan-Am Games. By winning a gold (1988) and two bronzes (1992 and 1996) in that event, she became the most decorated woman in U.S. Olympic track and field history with six medals total.

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