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Jacqueline “Jackie” Joyner-Kersee

Jacqueline “Jackie” Joyner-Kersee (born March 3, 1962) is a retired American athlete, ranked among the all-time greatest athletes in the women’s heptathlon as well as in the women’s long jump. She won three gold, one silver, and two bronze Olympic medals, in those four different events. Sports Illustrated for Women magazine voted Joyner-Kersee the Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th century, just ahead of Babe Didrikson Zaharias.

Olympic Games
Gold 1988 Seoul Heptathlon
Gold 1988 Seoul Long jump
Gold 1992 Barcelona Heptathlon
Silver 1984 Los Angeles Heptathlon
Bronze 1992 Barcelona Long jump
Bronze 1996 Atlanta Long jump

World Championships
Gold 1987 Rome Long jump
Gold 1987 Rome Heptathlon
Gold 1991 Tokyo Long jump
Gold 1993 Stuttgart Heptathlon
Pan American Games
Gold 1987 Indianapolis Long jump

SportsCentury: Top 50 Athletes of the 20th Century (Original series)

  • 1. Michael Jordan
  • 2. Babe Ruth
  • 3. Muhammad Ali
  • 4. Jim Brown
  • 5. Wayne Gretzky
  • 6. Jesse Owens
  • 7. Jim Thorpe
  • 8. Willie Mays
  • 9. Jack Nicklaus
  • 10. Babe Zaharias
  • 11. Joe Louis
  • 12. Carl Lewis
  • 13. Wilt Chamberlain
  • 14. Hank Aaron
  • 15. Jackie Robinson
  • 16. Ted Williams
  • 17. Magic Johnson
  • 18. Bill Russell
  • 19. Martina Navratilova
  • 20. Ty Cobb
  • 21. Gordie Howe
  • 22. Joe DiMaggio
  • 23. Jackie Joyner-Kersee
  • 24. Sugar Ray Robinson
  • 25. Joe Montana
  • 26. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  • 27. Jerry Rice
  • 28. Red Grange
  • 29. Arnold Palmer
  • 30. Larry Bird
  • 31. Bobby Orr
  • 32. Johnny Unitas
  • 33. Mark Spitz
  • 34. Lou Gehrig
  • 35. Secretariat
  • 36. Oscar Robertson
  • 37. Mickey Mantle
  • 38. Ben Hogan
  • 39. Walter Payton
  • 40. Lawrence Taylor
  • 41. Wilma Rudolph
  • 42. Sandy Koufax
  • 43. Julius Erving
  • 44. Bobby Jones
  • 45. Bill Tilden
  • 46. Eric Heiden
  • 47. Edwin Moses
  • 48. Pete Sampras
  • 49. O. J. Simpson
  • 50. Chris Evert