Grace Upshaw

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Grace Upshaw (born September 25, 1975 in Berkeley, California) is an American track and field athlete who competes in the long jump. She represented the United States in her speciality at the Summer Olympics in both 2004 and 2008. She has also reached the long jump final at the World Championships in Athletics on two occasions (2003 and 2005). She was the bronze medallist in the long jump at the IAAF World Athletics Final in those years.

Her personal best jump is 6.88 metres (22.6 ft), achieved in July 2008 in Eugene, with which she qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.[1]

She attended the University of California and while competing for the California Golden Bears she was the runner-up at the Pac-10 Championships.[2]

Her father, Monte Upshaw, broke the US scholastic long jump record held by Jesse Owens.[3] Her older sister Joy Upshaw was elected into the USATF Masters Hall of Fame[4] and holds several American masters records. She formerly dated Stanford water polo player Josh Leachmen.[5]


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
2003 World Championships Paris, France 8th
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 3rd
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 10th
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 6th
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 7th
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 3rd
2006 World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 6th
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 8th


  1. ^ Grace Upshaw. Sports Reference. Retrieved on 2012-01-31.
  2. ^ Grace Upshaw. Calbears. Retrieved on 2012-01-31.
  3. ^ Grace Upshaw. USATF (2009). Retrieved on 2012-01-31.
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  5. ^ Peters, Keith (2004-06-25). It was a leap of faith. Palo Alto Weekly. Retrieved on 2012-01-31.

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