2011 World Championships in Athletics – Women's long jump
|Events at the
2011 World Championships
|100 m hurdles||women|
|110 m hurdles||men|
|400 m hurdles||men||women|
|4 × 100 m relay||men||women|
|4 × 400 m relay||men||women|
|20 km walk||men||women|
|50 km walk||men|
Reigning world champion Brittney Reese was the pre-event favourite as she held the best mark that year (7.19 m) and led on the Diamond League circuit. Russia's Darya Klishina and Olga Zaytseva were the only ones to have cleared seven metres that season, while Americans Funmi Jimoh and Janay DeLoach were the only jumpers to have defeated Reese on the circuit. Veronika Shutkova and Maurren Maggi (the 2008 Olympic gold medallist) were other highly ranked entrants.
Maggi produced the best jump of the qualifying rounds, followed by Belarusian Nastassia Mironchyk-Ivanova. Brittney Reese needed the last of her three jumps to achieve the qualifying mark. Zaytseva was the most prominent jumper to be eliminated at the first stage. Maggi, Jimoh and Naide Gomes were high profile eliminations in the first half of the final round. Reese took the lead with her first jump of 6.82 m and, despite having had five no-jumps, she remained in first place to take the gold. It was Olga Kucherenko, Ineta Radēviča and Nastassia Mironchyk-Ivanova who fought for the minor medals. Mironchyk-Ivanova jumped 6.74 m in round three, only to be overtaken by Kucherenko (6.77 m) the following round. Radēviča produced her best (6.76 m) with her final jump to edge into the bronze medal position.
Reese's mark of 6.82 m was the shortest winning distance in the history of the event at the World Championships. Nevertheless, she became only the second woman to ever win two consecutive long jump world titles, matching the feat of her fellow American Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Kucherenko and Radēviča gained their first ever medals on the world stage, although both had been medallists at the 2010 European Athletics Championships.
Mironchyk-Ivanova was fourth. She had a jump which seemed to be the longest of all, about 6.90 m. Unfortunately for the Belarussian, her ponytail swang and left the mark behind at 6.74 m and she lost the win and all the other medals as a result.
Prior to the competition, the established records were as follows.
|World record||Galina Chistyakova (URS)||7.51||Leningrad, Soviet Union||11 June 1988|
|Championship record||Jackie Joyner-Kersee (USA)||7.36||Rome, Italy||3 September 1987|
|World leading||Brittney Reese (USA)||7.19||Eugene, OR, United States||26 June 2011|
|African record||Chioma Ajunwa (NGR)||7.12||Atlanta, GA, United States||2 August 1996|
|Asian record||Weili Yao (CHN)||7.01||Jinan, China||5 June 1993|
|North, Central American and Caribbean record||Jackie Joyner-Kersee (USA)||7.49||New York, NY, United States||22 May 1994|
|Sestriere, Italy||31 July 1994|
|South American record||Maurren Higa Maggi (BRA)||7.26||Bogotá, Colombia||26 June 1999|
|European record||Galina Chistyakova (URS)||7.51||Leningrad, Soviet Union||11 June 1988|
|Oceanian record||Bronwyn Thompson (AUS)||7.00||Melbourne, Australia||7 March 2002|
|A standard||B standard|
|August 27, 2011||21:15||Qualification|
|August 28, 2011||18:15||Final|
Qualification: Qualifying Performance 6.75 (Q) or at least 12 best performers (q) advance to the final.
|1||B||Maurren Higa Maggi||Brazil||6.55||6.86||6.86||Q|
|3||A||Brittney Reese||United States||6.41||x||6.79||6.79||Q|
|6||B||Funmi Jimoh||United States||6.68||x||6.26||6.68||q|
|11||B||Karin Mey Melis||Turkey||x||x||6.52||6.52||q|
|12||A||Janay DeLoach||United States||x||6.29||6.51||6.51||q|
|20||B||Shara Proctor||Great Britain||x||x||6.34||6.34|
|29||B||Jung Soon-Ok||South Korea||x||x||6.18||6.18||SB|
|30||B||Chantel Malone||British Virgin Islands||5.96||6.12||x||6.12|
|32||A||Ola Sesay||Sierra Leone||5.64||5.94||5.43||5.94|
|33||B||Tori Polk||United States||x||5.66||x||5.66|
Format: Each athlete has three attempts, then the eight best performers have three further attempts
|Brittney Reese||United States||6.82||x||x||x||x||x||6.82|
|6||Janay DeLoach||United States||6.32||6.39||x||x||6.32||6.56||6.56|
|8||Karin Mey Melis||Turkey||x||6.44||x||x||6.44||6.19||6.44|
|11||Maurren Higa Maggi||Brazil||x||x||6.17||6.17|
|N/A||Funmi Jimoh||United States||x||x||x||NM|
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- Martin, David (2011-08-27). Women's Long Jump - Qualification - Reese takes stuttering step into final. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-08-28.
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- Merlo, Gianni (2011-09-03).- Incredible: Nastassia has lost the long jump gold and $60,000 dollars because of a hairstyle. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-09-03.
- Long jump results at IAAF website