Burrell at the 2000 Sydney Olympics
|Competitor for the United States|
|World Indoor Championships|
|Gold||2001 Lisbon||Long jump|
Dawn C. Burrell (born November 1, 1973 in Philadelphia) is a retired long jumper from the United States, who is best known for winning the gold medal at the 2001 IAAF World Indoor Championships. She represented the United States at the 2000 Summer Olympics. She is the younger sister of former 100 m world record holder Leroy Burrell.
She attended Penn Wood High School and enjoyed her first athletic successes in 1991 when she won four Pennsylvania state titles in the jumps and hurdles and won a bronze medal at the United States Junior Championships. She initially started out in the 100 meter hurdles and reached the event final at the 1992 World Junior Championships in Athletics. Burrell gradually began to focus more on the long jump and it was in this event that she made her first senior international appearance, taking fifth place in the final at the 1995 Pan American Games. She represented the University of Houston at the NCAA Track and Field Championships from 1993 to 1995 and was graduated the following year.
In 1997 she won the long jump title at the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships, and repeated the feat the following year with a personal best jump of 6.92 meters. That year she also set an outdoor best of 6.90 m and took the bronze at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. She came fourth at the 1998 Goodwill Games (two centimeters off third-placed Niki Xanthou) and competed at the 1998 IAAF Grand Prix Final, where she finished eighth.
Burrell was runner-up to Shana Williams at the national indoor championships, but still was selected for the 1999 IAAF World Indoor Championships and she finished eighth in the long jump final. She won her first and only outdoor American title with a personal record of 6.96 m in Eugene, Oregon. She reached the long jump final at the 1999 World Championships in Athletics alongside fellow Americans Marion Jones and Shana Williams. Burrell finished sixth at what would be her first and only appearance on the outdoor world stage.
In 2000 she was the runner up at the United States Olympic Track and Field Trials, jumping a wind-assisted 6.97 m and earning selection for the upcoming Summer Olympics. In August, she set an outdoor career best mark of 6.98 m to win the long jump at the DN Galan meeting in Stockholm. Representing the United States at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, she reached the event final as the third best qualifier behind Heike Drechsler and Marion Jones, having cleared 6.77 m, however, Burrell could not match her earlier form and ended the competition final with a sole legal jump of 6.38 m, finishing in tenth place. She closed her season with a silver medal in the long jump at the 2000 IAAF Grand Prix Final, where she had a wind-assisted jump of 6.99 m behind Drechsler. She also ran in the 100 m hurdles at the competition and was seventh in the final.
The 2001 season held significant career highs and lows for the athlete. She started the year by taking her third U.S. Indoor title in the long jump. She was chosen to compete at the 2001 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Lisbon, Portugal. Burrell gave the greatest performance of her career with a jump of 7.03 m – her first time over the seven-meter mark. This was enough to win the gold medal some five centimeters ahead of the defending champion, Russian athlete Tatyana Kotova. The jump brought Burrell into the top ten long jumpers on the all-time indoor lists and made her the second best American indoors, behind Jackie Joyner-Kersee. She began preparing for the outdoor season, but suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury to her knee in April which ruled her out for the entire season. The injury effectively ended her career as she competed sparingly thereafter but never again won a national title. She is now Chef/Owner of a Houston based catering company called Simply Delicious that focuses on using fresh and seasonal ingredients with international flare. She has a website that can be viewed at eatsimplydelicious.com
Burrell appeared as a contestant on the Cutthroat Kitchen episode "Foul Play."
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