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Erick Walder (born November 5, 1971 in Mobile, Alabama) is an American former long jumper. He was a silver medalist at the 1997 World Championships in Athletics and twice bronze medallist at the IAAF World Indoor Championships (1995, 1999). He also took two silver medals at the Goodwill Games (1994, 1998).

Erick Walder
Personal information
BornNovember 5, 1971 (1971-11-05) (age 48)
Mobile, Alabama, U.S.

His personal best was 8.74 meters, achieved in April 1994 in El Paso. He ranked number one in the world on performance in the 1994 and 1996 seasons.

Collegiate careerEdit

Walder competed collegiately for the long jump/triple jump juggernaut University of Arkansas where he won 10 NCAA long jump and triple jump titles, indoor and outdoor.[1] He still holds the collegiate outdoor long jump record with a leap of 28 feet 8.25 inches (8.7440 meters). Walder was inducted into The University of Arkansas Hall of Fame in 2010.[2][3]

Walder claimed the NCAA outdoor and indoor long jumps and the indoor triple jump titles in 1992, 1993 and 1994, and added the outdoor triple jump win to sweep the 1994 NCAA meets:

Event Years won
NCAA Indoor Triple Jump 1992, 1993, 1994
NCAA Indoor Long Jump 1992, 1993, 1994
NCAA Outdoor Triple Jump 1994
NCAA Outdoor Long Jump 1992, 1993, 1994

Walder finished 3rd in the triple jump at the 1993 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

International competitionsEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the   United States
1990 World Junior Championships Plovdiv, Bulgaria 15th Triple jump 15.00 m (wind: -0.8 m/s)
1993 World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 4th Long jump 8.05 m
1994 Goodwill Games St. Petersburg, Russia 2nd Long jump 8.39 m
1995 World Indoor Championships Barcelona, Spain 3rd Long jump 8.14 m
1997 World Indoor Championships Paris, France 4th Long jump 8.24 m
World Championships Athens, Greece 2nd Long jump 8.38 m
IAAF Grand Prix Final Fukuoka, Japan 3rd Long jump 8.40 m w
1998 Goodwill Games Uniondale, United States 2nd Long jump 8.38 m
1999 World Indoor Championships Maebashi, Japan 3rd Long jump 8.30 m


Walder was ranked in the top ten long jumpers in the world by Track and Field News for eight consecutive years and as the best long jumper in the US three times.[4][5][6]

Year LJ world rank LJ US rank TJ US rank
1992 6th 4th -
1993 3rd 2nd 5th
1994 3rd 3rd 3rd
1995 8th 6th -
1996 6th 4th 6th
1997 3rd 1st -
1998 2nd 1st -
1999 4th 1st -
2000 - 6th -

Drug issuesEdit

In 2004, Walder tested positive for a legal medication that is banned by USATF. The sample was delivered on June 5, 2004 at the IAAF Adidas Oregon Track Classic. He received an IAAF suspension from October 2004 to October 2006. Walder was reinstated in 2007. He competed professionally for two years before his retirement in 2010.[7][8]

Personal lifeEdit

In 2008, Walder married Denise Chandler, a chiropractor. They reside with their son, EJ in Fayetteville. He has another son, Trenton Walder, who resides in Conway, Arkansas.


  1. ^ Erick Walder
  2. ^ Track & Field News: Records Archived 2007-05-13 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-05-17. Retrieved 2008-01-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Razorback Track & Field Media Guide
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2008-07-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2008-07-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2008-07-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "!¡ Track And Field Photo Magazine: New Media for the Original Sport ¡!". Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-03-01.
  8. ^ USATF – Anti-Doping – Disqualifications and Public Warnings

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