ATHENS, GreeceFormer Indiana track and field All-American Rose Richmond narrowly missed the cut to the finals of the womens long jump at the 2004 Olympics, with a 20th-place finish overall in the qualifying round with a leap of 6.46m/21-2.25 on Wednesday, August 25. Only the top 12 advanced to Fridays finals.
Richmond, a 2003 graduate of IU, earned this mark on her first attempt and had marks of 6.14m/20-1.75 and 6.29m/20-7.50 to follow.
Her teammates, Marion Jones (6.70m/21-11.75) and Grace Upshaw (6.68m/21.11) both advanced to the finals with seventh and tenth-place finishes respectively.
The St. Petersburg, Fla., native was just the second female IU track and field athlete ever to compete at the Olympics. The first female IU Olympian was DeDee Nathan who finished ninth in the heptathlon at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
Richmond earned her way to Athens after she jumped 6.76m/22-2.25 at the Carson (Home Depot) USATF Western Regional Championships on July 24. At the July 15 Olympic Trials in Sacramento, Calif., Akiba McKinney (6.57m/21-6.75) and Richmond (6.56m/21-6.25) finished third and fourth, respectively, but neither met the Olympic standard at the time. Jones and Upshaw earned the first two spots on the team.
After waiting almost three weeks to learn of her official Olympic status, Richmond finally received word that her opponent, McKinney, did not meet the Olympic A standard (6.70m/22-2.25) in the womens long jump, therefore allowing Richmond to move on to Athens with the Olympic squad. McKinney was in position make the team due to her higher finish at the trials if she met the Olympic A standard, before August 8th.
During her time at Indiana, Richmond was the 2001 and 2002 outdoor long jump Big Ten champion and the 2003 NCAA Indoor runner-up in the long jump. In addition, she captured her first Big Ten Indoor title in 2003 with a leap of 4.68m/21-3.75, which set a new IU and Gladstein Fieldhouse record. She also holds the IU outdoor record with a mark of 6.57m/21-6.75.
Full Results from Qualifying Round of Womens Long Jump