Françoise Mbango Etone

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Françoise Mbango Etone (born 14 April 1976 in Yaoundé) is a Cameroonian-born female track and field athlete. She has competed internationally for France since 2010.[1] While competing for Cameroon, Etone was a 2-time Olympic gold medalist in the triple jump at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece and 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. She currently holds the Olympic record for triple jump which she set with a distance of 15.39 m at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. The 15.39 m is the third longest women's triple jump in history under any conditions.[2] Only 25 women have ever jumped 15 metres, Etone jumped beyond 15 metres on 7 of her last 11 attempts in the Olympic final alone.

Françoise Mbango Etone
Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing  Cameroon
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2004 Athens Triple jump
Gold medal – first place 2008 Beijing Triple jump
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2001 Edmonton Triple jump
Silver medal – second place 2003 Paris Triple jump

Etone was also a talented long jumper who finished second at the African Championships in 1999. Etone was the first female athlete representing Cameroon to win medals at the Commonwealth Games, World Championships and Olympic Games. She has been a scholarship holder with the Olympic Solidarity program since November 2002.

During the 2005–06 academic year, she lived in New York City on a scholarship to attend St. John's University in Queens, New York. The scholarship was made possible through the collaboration of the American electricity company AES Sonel along with US Ambassador to Cameroon, Niels Marquardt. She selected St. John's University for study (along with her younger sister, Berthe) because of the school's support of cultural programs in Cameroon.

Competition recordEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing   Cameroon
1996 African Championships Yaoundé, Cameroon 3rd Triple jump 12.51 m
1998 African Championships Dakar, Senegal 2nd Triple jump 13.80 m
Commonwealth Games Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 10th Long jump 6.11 m
2nd Triple jump 13.95 m
1999 World Championships Seville, Spain 13th (q) Triple jump 14.12 m
All-Africa Games Johannesburg, South Africa 2nd Long jump 6.55 m
1st Triple jump 14.70 m
2000 African Championships Algiers, Algeria 3rd 4 × 100 m relay 46.97
1st Triple jump 13.87 m
Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 24th (h) 4 × 100 m relay 45.82
10th Triple jump 13.53 m
2001 Jeux de la Francophonie Ottawa, Canada 2nd Long jump 6.37 m
2nd Triple jump 14.56 m
World Championships Edmonton, Canada 2nd Triple jump 14.60 m
2002 Commonwealth Games Manchester, United Kingdom 2nd Triple jump 14.82 m
African Championships Radès, Tunisia 1st Long jump 6.68 m (w)
1st Triple jump 14.95 m
2003 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 2nd Triple jump 14.88 m
World Championships Paris, France 2nd Triple jump 15.05 m
2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 6th Triple jump 14.62 m
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 1st Triple jump 15.30 m
2008 African Championships Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 1st Triple jump 14.76 m
Olympic Games Beijing, China 1st Triple jump 15.39 m
Representing   France
2012 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 8th Triple jump 14.19 m


  1. ^ "Transfers of Allegiance". IAAF. 19 November 2010. Archived from the original on 28 March 2010. Retrieved 21 November 2010.
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