Aug. 27, 2011
Rice's Funmi Jimoh has qualified for the final of the women's long jump at the 2011 IAAF World Championships held in Daegu, South Korea. Jimoh (Rice, 2007) jumped 6.68m/21-11 to place fourth in Group B to become one of 12 competitors for Sunday's final. Her 6.68 mark ranked fifth out of 35 entries. Currently serving as a volunteer assistant for the Owls track and field squad, Jimoh is coached by Rice's head women's track and field coach Jim Bevan. She is a graduate of Dulles High School in Sugar Land, Texas.
Jimoh entered the competition with a season-best distance of 6.88m/22-7. That mark ranks eighth-best in the world. She has a personal-best mark of 6.96m/22-10 in the long jump.
Her USA teammates, Britney Reese (6.79m/22-3.5) and Janay DeLoach (6.51m/21-4.25) also qualified for the final. Reese led Group A, while DeLoach was fifth. Jimoh will be the first to jump out of 12 competitors for the final.
At the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Jimoh advanced to the long jump finals and placed 12th in the world with a best mark of 6.29m/20-7.75. Prior to the Olympics on March 29, 2008, she jumped what was then the number-one mark in the world with a leap of 6.91m/22-8 at the Victor Lopez Bayou Classic on the Rice campus. All of that, just one year removed from college life.
During her senior season in 2007, Jimoh became another Rice All-American when she placed fifth in the long jump at the NCAA Outdoor Championship (6.43m/21-1.25) after winning the NCAA Midwest Regional (6.35m/20-10w). She also finished ninth at the USA Outdoor Championship (6.38m/20-11.25).
A phenomenal athlete, Jimoh competed for Rice in the 100m hurdles, high jump, long jump, heptathlon, pentathlon, and 4x100m relay team. She twice broke the Rice record in heptathlon (5,335 points) and she snapped the school record in 100m hurdles with a time of 13.42 at the NCAA Outdoor Championship in the prelim, erasing the previous mark set by her hurdles coach, Andrea Blackett, in 1997. At the 2004 WAC Outdoor Championship she totaled 24.5 points to lead the Owls to the team title. In 2003, Jimoh was named Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year. She is a former 2002 youth national high jump champion and 2002 USA Junior Olympic high jump champion.