Monique Éwanjé-Épée

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Monique Éwanjé-Epée
Personal information
Nationality French
Born (1967-07-11) 11 July 1967 (age 47)
Poitiers, France
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 65 kg (143 lb; 10 st 3 lb)
Country  France
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 60m hurdles and 100m hurdles

Monique Éwanjé-Épée (born July 11, 1967) is a retired French track and field athlete who competed for France in the 60m hurdles and 100m hurdles. She is the 1990 European Champion and the 1991 World Indoor silver medallist. As of 2014, she is still the co-holder of the French national records in the 60m hurdles and the 100m hurdles.


Éwanjé-Épée was born in Poitiers, France. She won the 1985 European Junior Championships 100 metres hurdles title in 13.10 secs. In 1988, she reached the Olympic final in Seoul, finishing seventh. In 1990, she won a silver medal in the 60m hurdles at the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow, behind Ludmila Narozhilenko of the Soviet Union. She reached her peak in the 1990 outdoor season, improving her own French 100m hurdles record to 12.56 on 29 June. This was the second fastest time in the world for 1990, with only Nataliya Grigoryeva of the Soviet Union going faster with 12.53. On 30 August, Ewanje-Epee won the European title in Split with 12.79. At the end of the 1990 season, both Track and Field News magazine and the Athletics International Annual, ranked Ewanje-Epee the number one 100m hurdler on their world merit rankings, ahead of Grigoryeva. In the 1991 indoor season, she won a silver medal in the 60m hurdles at the World Indoor Championships in Seville, narrowly losing out to Narozhilenko by two-hundredths of a second. Outdoors, she finished fourth in the 100m hurdles final at the 1991 World Championships in Tokyo, behind Narozhilenko, Gail Devers and Grigoryeva.

Éwanjé-Èpée won a silver medal in the 60m hurdles at the 1992 European Indoor Championships in Genoa, once again behind Narozhilenko and ahead of Yordanka Donkova. Outdoors, she competed at her second Olympics, where she was eliminated in the heats of the 100m hurdles. Having missed the 1993 season through pregnancy, she returned in 1994 competing under her then married name of Monique Tourret, and went on to finish fourth in the 60m hurdles final at the 1995 World Indoor Championships. In 1996, she won a bronze medal in the 60m hurdles at the European Indoor Championships, before going on to compete at her third Olympic Games, where she was eliminated in the quarter-finals.[1]

Éwanjé-Épée is still the holder of the French national outdoor record for the women's 100m hurdles (12.56 sec), set on 29 June 1990 in Villeneuve d'Ascq, France. This record was equalled by Cindy Billaud in 2014. Her French national indoor record for the women's 60m hurdles (7.82 sec), set on 23 February 1991 in Paris, also still stands. It was equalled on 7 March 2004 by Linda Ferga at the 2004 World Indoor Championships in Budapest.

Personal life[edit]

Éwanjé-Épée is married to gospel singer Frederick Lewin, with whom she has a son, Joachim (born 2006). She was previously married to the French pole vaulter Christophe Tourret, with whom she has two daughters, Marylou (1993) and Olivia (1997). Her elder sister, Maryse Éwanjé-Épée, is the French record holder in the high jump and reached the Olympic high jump final in 1984 and 1988.

Results in international competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
1985 European Junior Championships Cottbus, East Germany 1st 100 m hurdles 13.10 sec
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 7th 100 m hurdles 13.14
1989 European Indoor Championships The Hague, Netherlands 5th 60 m hurdles 8.22
1989 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary semifinals 60 m hurdles 8.08
1989 Universiade Duisburg, West Germany 1st 100 m hurdles 12.65 (GR, NR)
1989 Jeux de la Francophonie Rabat, Morocco 1st 100 m hurdles 12.92
1990 European Indoor Championships Glasgow, Scotland 2nd 60 m hurdles 7.84
1990 European Championships Split, Yugoslavia 1st 100 m hurdles 12.79
1990 IAAF Grand Prix Final Athens, Greece 3rd 100 m hurdles 12.86
1991 World Indoor Championships Seville, Spain 2nd 60 m hurdles 7.90
1991 European Cup Frankfurt, Germany 2nd 100 m hurdles 12.79
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 4th 100 m hurdles 12.84
1992 European Indoor Championships Genoa, Italy 2nd 60 m hurdles 7.99
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain heats 100 m hurdles 13.73
1994 European Championships Helsinki, Finland heats 100 m hurdles 13.29
1995 World Indoor Championships Barcelona, Spain 4th 60 m hurdles 7.98
1995 European Cup Villeneuve-d'Ascq, France 4th 100 m hurdles 12.92
1995 World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden heats 100 m hurdles 13.13
1996 European Indoor Championships Stockholm, Sweden 3rd 60 m hurdles 8.09
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, Georgia quarterfinals 100 m hurdles 13.17


  1. ^ Sports Reference. "Monique Éwanjé-Épée-Tourret". Retrieved 31 May 2011. 

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