|Born||14 April 1965
Jane Christina Flemming OAM (born 14 April 1965) is a former Australian Olympic track and field athlete. She completed her HSC in 1982 at Mater Christi College, Belgrave. She was the 1990 Commonwealth Games champion at heptathlon and long jump and also represented Australia internationally at 100 m hurdles.
Flemming started her athletics career competing for the Fairpark Little Athletics Club at the Knox Little Athletics Centre.
In Australian National Championships, she won thirteen open titles at heptathlon (5), 100 m hurdles (5), 100 m (2) and 100 y (1) events. She was named the Australian female athlete of the year in 1993.
A two-time Olympian, she also competed at the 1986, 1990 and 1994 Commonwealth Games. Her highest score in the heptathlon - 6695 points - set winning the 1990 Commonwealth gold medal still stands as the Australian and Commonwealth Games record at April 2014.
Flemming's individual performances during this competition were:
- 100 m hurdles - 13.21 (+1.4 m/s)
- high jump - 1.82 m
- shot put - 13.76 m
- 200 m - 23.62 (+2.4 m/s)
- long jump - 6.57 m (+1.6 m/s)
- javelin throw - 49.28 m
- 800 m - 2:12.53
In Auckland, Flemming also won the long jump gold medal, with a career best of 6.78 m.
At the Ulster Games in Belfast on 30 June 1986 Flemming, on request of Australian team manager Maurie Plant, infamously provided a urine sample to allow another athlete, Sue Howland, to use Flemming's urine pass a drug test. The Australian Senate report into drugs in sport (known as the "Black" report after Senator John Black) later gave Jane Flemming an official warning, and also banned Maurie Plant from managing any athletes in the future.
After retiring from international competition, Flemming has worked as an athletics commentator in Australia for the Seven Network and SBS Television. She has also represented British Olympic legends Sebastian Coe & Daily Thompson, USA legend Michael Johnson and other athletes as a business manager, working in both Australia and Great Britain.
Awarded the Order of Australia on 26 January 2014 for services to athletics and to the community.
Married to Ian Purchas with whom she has twin boys; James ('Jimmy') & Samuel ('Sammy') Purchas.
- Australian Parliament Senate Committee, "Jane Flemming asked to provide a substitute urine sample for Sue Howland", The Black Report page 22, May1989
- Athletics Australia Profile
- Jane Flemming profile at IAAF
- 'Coe scandal rocks London bid' The Age - 4 June 2004
- 'Is this Seb's new running mate?' Sunday Mirror - 8 December 2002
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