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Medal record

Dwight Phillips
Men’s athletics
Competitor for the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold 2004 Athens Long jump
World Championships
Gold 2003 Paris Long jump
Gold 2005 Helsinki Long jump
Gold 2009 Berlin Long jump
Bronze 2007 Osaka Long jump
World Indoor Championships
Gold 2003 Birmingham Long jump

Dwight Phillips (born October 1, 1977 in Decatur, Georgia) is an American athlete who specializes in the long jump. He has also competed in the 60 meters and 100 meters sprints.


Dwight was a promising sprinter in his early days but concentrated on the triple jump while at University of Kentucky before switching to the long jump after moving to Arizona State University in 2000. He competed at 2000 Sydney Olympics and finished eighth in the long jump with a jump of 8.06 m. He was the best American performer in the event. At his first World Championships he again finished eighth.

He came to prominence in 2003 when he won both the IAAF indoor and outdoor World Championships. The indoor championship event was a close contest, with Phillips only beating Spain's Yago Lamela by a centimeter. He won the outdoor title with a winning margin of four centimeters over James Beckford of Jamaica.[1][2]

In the run up to the 2004 Athens Olympics, Phillips was ranked number one in the world, and he won the gold medal by a margin of 12 cm over his compatriot John Moffitt. His winning jump of 8.59 meters was the fourth biggest in Olympic history, after Bob Beamon (1968) and Carl Lewis (1988, 1992).[3][4]

His success continued at the next two World Championships. Taking the gold medal at the 2005 Helsinki event, and winning bronze in Osaka two years later.[5][6]

Phillips finished fourth in the long jump at the U.S. Olympic Trials, meaning he would not compete at the Beijing Olympics and would not defend his Olympic title.

On June 7, 2009, Phillips won the long jump at the Prefontaine Classic with a personal-best third jump of 8.74 m, defeating 2008 Olympic gold medalist Irving Saladino.[7] He won the US Championships later that month, giving him another chance to reach the podium at the World Championships.[8]

At the 2009 World Athletics Championships, in Berlin, Phillips won the gold in the long jump with a jump of 8.54 m.[9]



Personal bests

Event Best Venue Date
Long jump 8.74 m Eugene, Oregon , United States June 7, 2009
Long jump (indoor) 8.29 m Birmingham, United Kingdom March 15, 2003
Triple jump 16.41 m Boise, Idaho, United States June 5, 1999
50 meters 5.70 s Liévin, France February 26, 2005
60 meters 6.47 s Madrid, Spain February 24, 2005
100 meters 10.06 s Athens, Georgia, United States May 9, 2009
200 meters 20.68 s Tempe, Arizona, United States March 30, 2002
  • All information from IAAF Profile

Competition record

Year Tournament Venue Result
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 8th
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 8th
2003 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, England 1st 8.29 m
World Championships Paris, France 1st 8.32 m
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 1st
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 1st 8.59 m
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 2nd
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 1st 8.60 m
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 1st
2006 World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 6th
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 3rd 8.30 m
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 1st 8.54 m


  1. ^ "Dwight Phillips takes World Long Jump title back to the States". IAAF. March 15, 2003. Retrieved June 25, 2009. 
  2. ^ Lionel Cironneau (August 29, 2003). "Capel, Phillips take gold at World Championships". USATODAY. Retrieved June 25, 2009. 
  3. ^ Olympic Games Medallists - Athletics (Men) - GBR Athletics
  4. ^ Tom Weir (August 26, 2004). "Phillips, Moffitt leap to gold and silver". USATODAY. Retrieved June 25, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Fabulous Phillips triumphs again". JamaicaObserver. August 14, 2005. Retrieved June 25, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Phillips Claims Bronze in Long Jump at IAAF World Championships". August 30, 2007. Retrieved June 25, 2009. 
  7. ^ Kirby Lee (June 8, 2009). "Phillips sails 8.74m in Eugene for best Long Jump in world since 1991 – IAAF World Athletics Tour". IAAF. Retrieved June 24, 2009. 
  8. ^ Morse, Parker (2009-06-28). World season leads for Demus and Merritt as team takes shape in Eugene - USA Champs, Day 3. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-06-30.
  9. ^ RAF CASERT (August 22, 2009). "Phillips wins men's long jump at worlds". The Associated Press. Retrieved August 23, 2009. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Spain Yago Lamela
Men's Long Jump Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Panama Irving Saladino
Preceded by
Panama Irving Saladino
Men's Long Jump Best Year Performance
Succeeded by


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