Maryse Éwanjé-Épée

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Maryse Éwanjé-Epée
Personal information
Nationality French
Born (1964-09-04) 4 September 1964 (age 52)
Poitiers, France
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 62 kg (137 lb)
Country  France
Sport Athletics
Event(s) High jump

Maryse Éwanjé-Épée (born September 4, 1964 in Poitiers, France) is a retired high jumper from France.


Maryse Éwanjé-Épée set her outdoor personal best on July 21, 1985, jumping 1.96 metres at the French National Athletics Championships in Colombes, France. That was a French national outdoor record that was not bettered or equalled for the next 22 years. Melanie Melfort equalled it by jumping 1.96 metres on August 11, 2007. Éwanjé-Épée's indoor personal best was 1.95 metres, set in 1984.

Éwanjé-Épée won three high jump medals (one silver and two bronzes) at the European Indoor Championships, one high jump bronze medal at the Summer Universiade and one high jump gold medal each at the Jeux de la Francophonie and the Mediterranean Games. She competed for France in the high jump in two consecutive Summer Olympics in 1984 and 1988. She finished 4th and 10th in the Olympic high jump final of 1984 and 1988 respectively. She could not take part in the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympics because of her failure to clear the minimum Olympic qualifying height by a mere centimetre for both of these Olympics. She won eight indoor high jump and eight outdoor high jump French National Athletics Championships titles at the senior level from 1982 to 1996.

Éwanjé-Épée also attended the University of Arizona, in Tucson (United States) and she still holds the heptathlon record since that time. She held the NCAA high jump record from 1985 to 1996 with 1.96 meters. In 1985, Arizona went 1-2-3 in the NCAA with Katrena Johnson in first place, Maryse Éwanjé-Epéee in second, and Camille Harding in third.

After her retirement from high jumping competition in 1996, Éwanjé-Épée worked as a television sports interviewer, sports administrator, sport consultant and radio/television presenter.[1]

Éwanjé-Épée speaks French, English and Spanish fluently.[1]

Éwanjé-Épée's father, Charles Éwanjé-Épée, is a Camerounian guitarist-singer-songwriter. Her mother, Geneviève Pujol, had a Spanish Catalan grandfather. Maryse Éwanjé-Épée has three sisters and no brothers; her younger sister, Monique Éwanjé-Épée, competed for France in the 60m hurdles and 100m hurdles.[1][2]

Maryse Éwanjé-Épée married Marc Maury in 1988. They have three daughters (Mélissa, Tanya, Maïa) and one son (Mikka). She and Marc Maury divorced in 2007.[2]

Results in international competitions[edit]

  • Note: Only the position and height in the final are indicated, unless otherwise stated. (q) means the athlete did not qualify for the final, with the overall position and height in the qualification round indicated.
Year Competition Venue Position Notes
1982 European Indoor Championships Milan, Italy 10th 1.88 m
1983 European Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 3rd 1.92 m
Universiade Edmonton, Canada 3rd 1.92 m
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 12th 1.84 m
Mediterranean Games Casablanca, Morocco 1st 1.89 m
1984 European Indoor Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 2nd 1.95 m
Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States 4th 1.94 m
1985 European Indoor Championships Piraeus, Greece 8th 1.80 m
1986 European Indoor Championships Madrid, Spain 5th 1.90 m
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 10th 1.90 m
1989 European Indoor Championships The Hague, Netherlands 3rd 1.91 m
World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 13th 1.85m
Jeux de la Francophonie Rabat, Morocco 1st 1.88 m
1990 European Indoor Championships Glasgow, Scotland 10th 1.84 m
European Championships Split, Yugoslavia 18th (q) 1.75 m


  1. ^ a b c "Mais tisse! Maryse Éwanjé-Epée métisse sa toile" (in French). 28 June 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Maryse Éwanjé-Epée" (PDF) (in French). 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
France Brigitte Rougeron
Women's French National Champion
1982 — 1985
Succeeded by
France Brigitte Rougeron
Preceded by
France Madely Beaugendre
Women's French National Champion
Succeeded by
France Madely Beaugendre
Preceded by
France Sandrine Fricot
Women's French National Champion
Succeeded by
France Sandrine Fricot
Preceded by
France Sandrine Fricot
Women's French National Champion
1995 — 1996
Succeeded by
France Marie Collonvillé