Françoise Mbango Etone
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. 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 15.39m is the second longest women's triple jump in history under any conditions, only bettered by Inessa Kravets' world record 13 years earlier. Only 25 women have ever jumped 15 metres, Etone jumped beyond 15 metres 7 of her last 11 attempts in the Olympic final alone.
|2004 Athens||Triple jump|
|2008 Beijing||Triple jump|
|2001 Edmonton||Triple jump|
|2003 Paris||Triple jump|
She is also a talented long jumper who finished second at the African Championships in 1999 (6.55 m). She is the first athlete representing Cameroon to win medals at the World Championships, Commonwealth Games 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.