Track Beauty of the Week: Funmi Jimoh

Funmi Jimoh is this week’s Track Beauty!

The long jumper belongs to the long list of top calibre American jumpers. Although she has yet to make her mark at the world stage, her career marks speaks volumes about her potential. With personal best of 6.96m from 2009, Jimoh certainly has the talent to land that elusive podium spot.

Jimoh competing in Hengelo, Netherlands (Photo from Wikipedia)

The American had a breakout year in 2008, jumping a then personal best of 6.91m in Houston – beating her erstwhile best mark by a massive 0.46m. In the same year, she placed third at the cutthroat U.S. Olympic Trials. She fell short in Olympic qualifying, however, settling for a below par 6.29m to finish 12th in her group.

Jimoh made her first major championship final in Daegu. She notched a 6.68m in qualifying, good enough for sixth place overall. In the final, however, the American failed to make a legal mark in an event won by compatriot, Brittney Reese.

Expect the talented Jimoh to again figure amongst the contenders for the London 2012 crown. With her tremendous talent, breaking the seven meter barrier – and winning a major championship medal – is certainly within grasp.

Additional links:

Funmi’s website

USATF profile

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