Joanne Wise

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Joanne Wise
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Women's athletics
Representing Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
World Junior Championships
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 1988 Sudbury Long Jump
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Commonwealth Games
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1998 Kuala Lumpur Long Jump

Joanne Wise (born 15 March 1971) is a former British track and field athlete who competed in the long jump. In 1998, she won the Commonwealth Games gold medal in Kuala Lumpur. She also competed at the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992 and the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000.

Track and field is a sport which includes athletic contests established on the skills of running, jumping, and throwing. The name is derived from the sport's typical venue: a stadium with an oval running track enclosing a grass field where the throwing and some of the jumping events take place. Track and field is categorized under the umbrella sport of athletics, which also includes road running, cross country running, and race walking.

Long jump track and field event

The long jump is a track and field event in which athletes combine speed, strength and agility in an attempt to leap as far as possible from a take off point. Along with the triple jump, the two events that measure jumping for distance as a group are referred to as the "horizontal jumps". This event has a history in the Ancient Olympic Games and has been a modern Olympic event for men since the first Olympics in 1896 and for women since 1948.

Athletics at the 1998 Commonwealth Games

At the 1998 Commonwealth Games, the athletics events were held at the National Stadium, Bukit Jalil, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from the 16–21 September 1998.



Wise was born in Solihull, England and was a member of Coventry Godiva Harriers. An excellent junior, she was AAA's Junior champion at Under 15, Under 17 and Under 20 levels. She also won two English schools titles. In 1987, she finished fifth at the European Junior Championships in Birmingham. The highlight of Wise's junior career came in 1988 in Sudbury, Canada at the World Junior Championships, when she won a bronze medal with a wind-assisted jump of 6.69 m. Both world and European junior titles were won by Wise's longtime domestic rival Fiona May. She went on to finish seventh at the 1989 European Juniors in Varazdin (6.16 m) and ninth at the 1990 World Juniors in Plovdiv (6.14 m)

Solihull town in the West Midlands of England

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In 1992, Wise competed at her first Olympic Games but had a disastrous time in the qualifying round, managing only 5.87 m for 26th overall. At the 1993 World Championships, she was 23rd in the qualifying round with 6.20 m.

After struggling with injuries, Wise entered the best phase of her career at the 1997 World Indoor Championships, finishing fourth with 6.70 m, which tied the UK indoor record of Susan Hearnshaw set in 1984. She missed the bronze medal by just one centimetre. Later that same year, she narrowly missed the final at the World Championships in Athens. In 1998, she became the Commonwealth Champion with a jump of 6.63 m, ahead of Jackie Edwards and Nicole Boegman. In 1999, at the World Championships in Seville, she finished fifth in the final with a jump of 6.75 m, just short of her lifetime best of 6.76 m, which she had set in Malmö two weeks earlier.

1997 IAAF World Indoor Championships 1997 edition of the IAAF World Indoor Championships

The 6th IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics were held at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy in Paris, France from March 7 to March 9, 1997. It was the first athletic championships to introduce women's pole vault. There were a total number of 712 participating athletes from 118 countries.

1997 World Championships in Athletics 1997 edition of the World Championships in Athletics

The 6th World Championships in Athletics, under the auspices of the International Association of Athletics Federations, were held at the Olympic Stadium, Athens, Greece between August 1 and August 10, 1997. In this event participated 1882 athletes from 198 participant nations. Athens used the successful organization of the World Championships the next month during the IOC Session in Lausanne during its campaign to host the 2004 Summer Olympics as proof positive of Athens' and Greece's ability and readiness to organize large-scale, international sporting events.

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Wise competed at her second Olympic Games in Sydney, 2000, failing, by just one centimetre, to reach the final. She was also twice AAA's Champion (1999 & 2000), three times AAAs Indoor Champion (1992, 1997 & 1999) and was twice UK Champion (1992 & 1997).

Wise's indoor best of 6.70 m, remained the UK indoor record for fifteen years, until 2012, when Shara Proctor jumped 6.89 m. As of 2018, Wise's best of 6.76 m, ranks her equal 11th on the UK all-time list alongside Mary Rand.

Shara Proctor Anguillan long jumper

Shara Proctor is an Anguillan-born long jumper, competing for Great Britain since 2011. She is the national record holder of both Anguilla and Great Britain. On 28 August 2015 at the World Championships in Beijing she became the first British, female, long-jumper to jump over 7 metres (7.07), setting a new British record and earning a world championship silver medal in the process. She also won the 2013 IAAF Diamond League in the event. Her younger sister is the Anguillan sprinter Shinelle Proctor.

Mary Rand British track and field athlete

Mary Denise Rand, MBE is a former English track and field athlete. She won the long jump at the 1964 Summer Olympics by breaking the world record, the first British female to win an Olympic gold medal in track and field. She remains the only Great Britain female athlete to win three medals in a single Games.

International competitions

Representing Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain / Flag of England.svg  England
1987 European Junior Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom5th6.24 m
1988 World Junior Championships Sudbury, Canada3rd 6.69 m w(wind: +4.6 m/s)
1989 European Junior Championships Varazdin, Yugoslavia7th6.16 m
1990 World Junior Championships Plovdiv, Bulgaria9th 6.14 m (wind: +0.8 m/s)
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain26th (q)5.87 m
1993 World Championships Stuttgart, Germany23rd (q)6.20 m
1997 World Indoor Championships Paris, France4th6.70 m
World Championships Athens, Greece15th (q)6.52 m
1998 Commonwealth Games Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1st6.63 m
1999 World Championships Seville, Spain5th6.75 m
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia12th (q)6.59 m


Nijolė Medvedeva is a retired Lithuanian long jumper who won a bronze medal at the 1985 World Indoor Championships. She competed at the 1992 Summer Olympics, and made 4th, but was disqualified for a doping-rule violation. Medvedeva has her personal best at 7.14 m (1988). She also competed in sprint running events at the national level.

Marion Jones Athletics, sprinter and basketball competitor, BALCO scandal, performance enhancing drugs

Marion Lois Jones, also known as Marion Jones-Thompson, is an American former world champion track and field athlete and a former professional basketball player for Tulsa Shock in the WNBA. She won three gold medals and two bronze medals at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, but was later stripped of the medals after admitting to steroid use. Jones did retain her three titles as a world champion from 1997 and 1999.

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