Ignisious Gaisah

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Ignisious Gaisah
Ignisious Gaisah Moscow 2013.jpg
Gaisah at the 2013 World Championships
Personal information
Nationality  Netherlands
Born (1983-07-20) July 20, 1983 (age 34)
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 75 kg (165 lb)
Country Netherlands
Sport Track and field
Event(s) Long jump
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) Long jump: 08.43 m NR

Ignisious Gaisah (born July 20, 1983) is a Ghanaian-born athlete competing in the long jump for the Netherlands.


Gaisah moved to the Netherlands in 2001 and currently lives and trains in Rotterdam. He competes for P.A.C. Rotterdam.

In 2005 jumped a personal best 8.34 metres to win the silver medal at the World Championships in Helsinki, finishing behind Dwight Phillips. On February 2, 2006, in Stockholm he leaped to an African indoor record that also won him the gold medal in this event by jumping 8.36 metres.[1] He continued his good form to win the 2006 IAAF World Indoor Championships a month later with a jump of 8.30 metres, followed quickly by the 2006 Commonwealth Games gold medal with a jump of 8.20 metres.

At the 2006 African Championships in Athletics Gaisah won the gold medal with an 8.51 m jump, beating Cheikh Touré's African record of 8.46 metres from 1997, but as the tail wind was too strong (+3.7 m/s) the result could not become a new record.[2] Since July 2013 Gaisah officially competes for the Netherlands after gaining his Dutch passport.[3]

Competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Ghana
2003 World Championships Paris, France 4th 8.13 m
All-Africa Games Abuja, Nigeria 1st 8.30 m
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 6th 8.24 m
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 2nd 8.34 m
2006 World Indoor Championships Moscow, Russia 1st 8.30 m
Commonwealth Games Melbourne, Australia 1st 8.20 m
African Championships Bambous, Mauritius 1st 8.51 m (w)
2007 All-Africa Games Algiers, Algeria 6th (q) 7.80 m
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 7th 7.81 m
African Championships Nairobi, Kenya 11th (q) 7.54 m
Commonwealth Games Delhi, India 3rd 8.12 m
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 17th (q) 7.92 m
All-Africa Games Maputo, Mozambique 2nd 7.86 m
2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 7th 7.86 m
African Championships Porto Novo, Benin 3rd 7.73 m
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 18th (q) 7.79 m
Representing  Netherlands
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 2nd 8.29 m
2014 World Indoor Championships Sopot, Poland 10th (q) 7.99 m
European Championships Zürich, Switzerland 6th 8.08 m
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 22nd (q) 7.77 m
2016 European Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands 3rd 7.93 m


  1. ^ Area Indoor Records – Men – Africa – IAAF.org
  2. ^ "Bekele and Gaisah victorious – two titles for Egypt – African Champs Day One". Iaaf.org. 2006-08-10. Retrieved 2013-01-19. 
  3. ^ "Breaking News: Long jumper Ignisious Gaisah completes Holland switch". Allsports Ghana's Premier Sports News Source. 2013-07-09. Archived from the original on 2013-07-13. Retrieved 2013-07-10. 

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