Maurren Maggi Is Long Jump Gold

August 22, 2008
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Meet Maurren Higa Maggi, a Brazilian athlete who won the gold medal for women’s long jump during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Maurren jumped a season best of 7.04m to win the coveted medal. See photos, video and her biography here.

Maurren’s gold is only the second won by Brazil during 2008 Olympics. She overcame the challenge posed by the favorite, Tatyana Lebedeva of Russia, who won the gold last Olympics and only managed a jump of 7.03m this time.

Maurren Higa Maggi was born on June 25, 1976 in Sao Carlos so her age is 32. She is the South American record holder for both women’s 100m hurdles and long jump. Her measurements are 28-30-32.

Maggi had served a two-year ban for testing positive in a dope test during the 2003 Pan-American games. Her husband is racer Antonio Pizzonia and they two have a daughter, Sophia, together.

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