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Dwight Phillips

Dwight Phillips

Event: Long Jump
Height: 5-11
Weight: 180
PR: LJ - 8.74m/28-8.25 (2009); TJ - 16.41m/53-10.25 (1999)
Born: 10/01/1977
Current Residence: Snellville, Ga.
Hometown: Tucker, Ga.
High School: Tucker (Ga.) '96
College: Kentucky '98; Arizona State '00
Coach: Rana Reider
Agent: Caroline Feith
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USA Championships
Five-time USA Outdoor champion - 2003 (8.24m/27-0.5); 2004 (8.28m/27-02.0); 2007 (8.36m/27-5.25w); 2009 (8.57m/28-1.5w); 2010 (8.37m/27-05.5)
Three-time USA Outdoor runner-up - 2005 (8.28m/27-02.0); 2006 (8.08m/26-6.25); 2008 (8.14m/26-8.5)
2001 USA Indoor champion (8.12m/26-7.75)
Two-time USA Indoor runner-up - 2002 (7.99m/26-2.75); 2003 (8.21m/26-11.25)
Twice third at USA Outdoors - 2001 (8.23/27-0); 2002 (8.25m/27-0.75)
 
International Championships
Four-time World Outdoor Championships gold medalist - 2003 (8.32m/27-3.25); 2005 (8.60m/28-7.25); 2009 (8.54m/28-0.25); 2011 (8.45m/27-8.75)
2004 Olympic Games gold medalist (8.59m/28-2.25)
2003 World Indoor Championships gold medalist (8.29m/27-2.5)
2007 World Outdoor Championships bronze medalist (8.30m/27-2.75)
 
Collegiate Championships/Honors
Two-time NCAA Outdoor runner-up - 1999, 2000
 
About Dwight
Following his gold medal at the 2011 World Outdoor Championships, Dwight Phillips held up his bib number 1111 to signify his fourth World Outdoor gold medal. He is the only long jumper to ever win four world titles. Phillips has finished the season with the best jump by an American a total of six times since 2004. His personal best of 8.74m/28-8.25, which he jumped at the 2009 Nike Prefontaine Classic, was the farthest jump by an American since National Track & Field Hall of Famer Mike Powell set the world record in 1991. That mark ties Phillips with Larry Myricks and Erick Walder for the eighth-best outdoor mark in history, and the trio are also tied as the #5 performers all time. Phillips won his third world long jump title in 2009 and received his gold medal from Jesse Owen's granddaughter. Owens had won the competition when the Olympic Games were also in Berlin, Germany, in 1936. German 1936 Olympic long jump silver medalist Luz Long's granddaughter, Julia-Vanessa Long, awarded the silver medal to runner-up Godfrey Khotso Mokoena of South Africa (8.47m/27-9.50). His 2004 Olympic gold medal was the first U.S. Olympic men’s long jump gold medal since Carl Lewis won at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. With Phillips’ triumph in Athens, U.S. men’s long jumpers had won that event 22 times out of the 27 occasions the event has been contested in modern Olympic competition. A native of Tucker, Ga., Phillips started out as a triple jumper at the University of Kentucky, but after transferring to Arizona State in 2000, he has specialized more in the long jump.  As a high school athlete in Tucker, Phillips was a 1996 All-American and all-state selection. He set school records in triple jump (15.31m/50-3), 200m (20.90w) and 400m (47.50). At age 14 both his legs were broken in a motorcycle accident and it took two years for him to recover well enough to walk properly. “My brother’s friend hit me while I was in the street playing football with my friends,” Phillips said. “I didn’t know where he was coming from and I moved in the wrong direction,” to try to get out of the way.  His legs were left twisted, requiring eight months of rehabilitation and using a walker after the casts were removed. Communications major while at ASU. He has two boys – Dwight Jr. and Elijah.  
Results
2013:
10th at USA Outdoors (7.73/25-4.5); 8th at Prefontaine (7.71/25-3.5); 10th at Shanghai (7.62/25-0)
2012: Did not compete
2011: World Outdoor champion (8.45m/27-8.75); 4th at Shanghai (8.07m26-5.75); 6th at Hengelo (7.97m/26-1.75); 4th at Zurich (7.87m/25-10); 2nd at Berlin (8.05m/26-5);
2010: USA Outdoor champion (8.37m/27-05.5); 2nd at Pre Classic (8.41m/27-7.25); 1st at BaieMahault (8.32m/27-3.75); 2nd in Shanghai (8.18m/ 26-10); 1st in Rabat (8.26m/27-1.25); 1st at Monaco (8.46m/27-9.25)
2009: World Outdoor champion (8.57m/28-1.5w); USA Outdoor champion (8.57m/28-1.50w); 1st at Nike Prefontaine Classic (8.74m/28-8.25); 2nd at Hengelo (8.54m/28-0.25)
2008: 4th at Olympic Trials (8.20m/26-11.00); 2nd at Ponce (8.25m/27-0.75)
2007: 3rd at World Outdoors (8.36m/27-5.25w); USA Outdoor champion (8.36m/27-5.25w); 2nd at Nike Prefontaine Classic (8.35m/27-4.75); 1st at Rethimno (8.31m/27-3.25); 1st at Zaragoza (8.37m/27-5.5w)
2006:  USA Outdoor runner-up (8.08m/26-6.25); 2nd at Nike Prefontaine Classic (8.20m/26-11); Paris (8.16m); 4th at Rome (8.32m/27-3.75); 2nd at Athens  (8.30m)
2005:  World Outdoor champion (8.60m/28-2.75); 2nd at USA Outdoors (8.28m /27-2); 1st at Linz (8.57m/28-1.5); 1st at World Athletics Final (8.46m/27-9.25); 1st in 60m at Madrid (6.47); ran 6.53 in heats in Madrid.
2004: Olympic gold medalist (8.59m/28-2.25); 1st at Olympic Trials (8.28m/27-02.00); won Linz with big PR of 8.60m/28-2.75 on his first and only jump of the competition; 1st May 22 in Mexico City (8.44m/27-8.25); 1st at Modesto (8.43m/27-8); 1st at Madrid (8.36m/27-5.25); 1st in Birmingham (8.35m/27-4.75)
2003: World Indoor Championships gold medalist (8.29m/27-2.5); World Outdoor gold medalist (8.32m/27-3.75); USA Outdoor champion (8.24m/27-0.5); USA Indoor runner-up (8.21m/26-11.25); 1st at World Athletics Final (8.28m/27-2); 1st at Trikala (8.44m/27-8.25)
2002: Runner-up at USA Indoors (7.99m/26-2.75); 3rd at USA Outdoors (8.25m/27-3/4w); set new PR with a win at Linz (8.38m/27-6); 2nd at Osaka (8.31m/27-3.75w); 1st at Helsinki (8.27m/27-1.75)
2001: USA Indoor champ (8.12m/26-7.75); 3rd at USA Outdoors (8.23m/27-0w); 8th at World Outdoors (7.92m/26-0); 3rd at Tyson Invitational
2000: 8th at Olympics (8.06m/26-5.5); 2nd at Olympic Trials in LJ (8.14m/26-8.5); 2nd at NCAA Outdoors; jumped 8.30m/27-2.75w at adidas Oregon Classic
1999: 7th in Pan American Games long jump; 4th at NCAA Outdoor in both long jump and triple jump; 6th at USA Outdoor long jump
1998: Best of 51-3.75i.
1997: Best of 50-5.75.
 
USA/World Rankings and Personal Bests
2013
: Outdoor bests - 7.95/26-1 (No. 11 in the USA, ranked No. 2 in the USA by T&FN)
2011: Outdoor bests - 8.45m/27-8.75 (No. 1 in the USA by T&FN, No. 2 in the world by T&FN)
2010: Outdoor bests - 8.46m/27-9.25 (No. 1 in the USA by T&FN, No. 2 in the world, ranked No. 1 in the world by T&FN)
2009: Outdoor bests - 8.74m/28-8.25 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 1 in the world by T&FN)
2008: Outdoor bests - 8.25m/27-0.75 (No. 3 in the USA, No. 11 in the world, ranked No. 4 in the USA by T&FN)
2007: Outdoor bests - 8.31m/27-3.25 (No. 1 in the USA by T&FN, No 6 in the world, ranked No. 3 in the world by T&FN)
2006: Outdoor bests - 8.32m/27-3.75 (No. 3 in the USA, No. 10 in the world, ranked No. 1 in the USA & ranked No. 5 in the world by T&FN)
2005: Outdoor bests - 8.60m/28-2.75 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 1 in the world by T&FN)
2004: Indoor bests - 7.91m/25-11.5 (No. 7 in the USA, No. 46 in the world); Outdoor bests - 8.60m/28-2.75 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 1 in the world by T&FN)
2003: Indoor bests - 8.29m/27-2.5 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 3 in the world); Outdoor bests - 8.44m/27-8.25 (No. 3 in the USA, No. 4 in the world)
2002: Indoor bests - 7.99m/26-2.75 (No. 7 in the USA, No. 22 in the world); Outdoor bests - 8.38m/27-6 (No. 3 in the USA, No. 3 in the world by T&FN)
2001: Indoor bests - 8.14m/26-8.5 (No. 3 in the USA, No. 7 in the world); Outdoor bests - 8.13m/26-8.25 (ranked No. 4 in the USA by T&FN)
2000: Outdoor bests - 8.21m/26-11.25 (ranked No. 1 in the USA by T&FN)
1999: Indoor bests - 8.17m/26-10; triple jump, 16.41m/53-10.25
1998: Indoor bests - triple jump, 15.64m/51-3.75 
1997: Indoor bests - triple jump, 15.38m/50-5.75
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