Oct. 21, 2004
INDIANAPOLIS (from USAT&F) - UCLA great Jackie Joyner-Kersee breaking her own women's heptathlon world record at the 1988 Olympic Games was honored by USA Track & Field on Thursday as the ninth greatest moment in U.S. track and field history in the last 25 years. To help mark the 25th anniversary of USA Track & Field, fans joined USATF in selecting the Top 25 Moments in American Track & Field during the past quarter century. Fans voted for what they consider to be the top moments in the sports of track & field, long-distance running, and race walking by voting online at USATF's website, www.usatf.org.
Joyner-Kersee entered the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul looking to break her own world heptathlon record of 7,215 points set earlier that summer at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Indianapolis.
JJK opened with a blistering 100m hurdles, finishing the race in 12.69 seconds before clearing 1.86 meters/6 feet, 1.25 inches in the high jump, throwing 15.80m/51-10 in the shot put and running the 200 meters in 22.56 seconds. Her first day total was 4,262 points, well below her 4,367 tally from her first day of trials competition at Indy.
Day 2 began brilliantly with JJK breaking the Olympic long jump record with a leap of 7.27m/23-10.25. Following a javelin throw of 45.66m/149-10, Joyner-Kersee needed to run the 800m in 2:13.67 to break the record. After running the first lap in close to 63 seconds, JJK finished the race in 2 minutes, 08.51 seconds for a new world record total of 7,291 points. Her record still stands.
Joyner-Kersee, who owns the top six heptathlon marks in the history of the event, also won the gold medal in the women's long jump in Seoul with her fifth-round Olympic record leap of 7.40m/24-3.50.
This is JJK's second top USA T & F moment. Breaking the 7000-point barrier in the heptathlon (July 6-7, 1986 Goodwill Games, Moscow, Russia/ 7,148) is the 25th greatest moment.
Suggestions for USATF's Top 25 Moments were taken through February 22, 2004. Fans voted for their favorite moments beginning February 28 and ending on June 20. The Top 25 Moments will be announced in reverse order, one per week, leading up to the USATF Annual Meeting in December, where the top three moments will be revealed.
UCLA athletes own seven of the announced 17 (Nos. 9-25) top moments in USA T & F history (in the last 25 years) - No 9. JJK breaks heptathlon world record at 1988 Olympic Games; No. 10. Flo-Jo shatters 100m world record; No. 17. Evelyn Ashford defeats two world record holders at 1979 World Cup; No. 18. Gail Devers successfully defends Olympic 100m women's title; No. 19. Flo-Jo sets women's 200m world record; No. 22. Kevin Young breaks Edwin Moses' world record and No. 25. Jackie Joyner-Kersee breaks 7,000-point barrier in the heptathlon
For more information on USATF's Top 25 Moments, visit www.usatf.org.
USATF Top 25 Moments
25. Jackie Joyner-Kersee breaks 7,000-point barrier in the heptathlon.
24. Khalid Khannouchi sets men's world marathon record in 2002.
23. Alan Webb sets U.S. boys' high school mile record.
22. Kevin Young breaks Edwin Moses' world record.
21. Lynn Jennings wins third World Cross Country title.
20. Alberto Salazar wins third consecutive New York City Marathon.
19. Flo-Jo sets women's 200m world record.
18. Gail Devers successfully defends Olympic 100m women's title.
17. Evelyn Ashford defeats two world record holders at 1979 World Cup.
16. Michael Carter sets national prep shot put record.
15. Valerie Brisco wins three gold medals at 1984 Olympic Games.
14. Stacy Dragila wins first ever women's Olympic pole vault.
13. Maurice Greene wins double sprint gold at 1999 World Outdoors
12. Decker wins two gold medals at 1983 World Outdoor Championships
11. Batten, Buford better world record at 1995 World Outdoor Championships
10. Flo-Jo shatters 100m world record
9. JJK breaks heptathlon world record at 1988 Olympic Games