East St Louis 25 July: Jackie JoynerKersees last competition - Nebiolo: "A woman of exceptional moral strength"
Monaco - 24 July 1998 - The American athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee - world record holder in the heptathlon, world championship titles and Olympic gold medals - will compete for the last time tomorrow, in the long jump, in an IAAF Grand Prix Meeting. The meeting will be held in Edwardsville, on the outskirts of East St Louis.
The President of the IAAF, Dr Primo Nebiolo, has sent the following message to Jackie Joyner-Kersee:
"As you prepare to retire from competition, I feel bound to express to you - in the name of the whole world-wide athletics movement - admiration and recognition. You have devoted yourself to sport and its fundamental ideals with unswerving dedication.
The exceptional results you have obtained and the victories you have won are the result of constant commitment and great moral strength. Through your efforts, you have overcome all the difficulties you have encountered along the way and become a role model for the youngsters of today and the generations to come.
In this year which the IAAF has dedicated to all of the women involved in athletics, you stand out as an example of the levels of achievement to which women can aspire. I am sure that you will continue to help track and field progress in the United States and all around the world."
The IAAF has devoted a special profile page to Jackie Joyner-Kersee, written by Giorgio Reineri, accessible through the IAAF web site at: http://www.iaaf.org/, which may be freely reproduced subject to mention of the author and © IAAF.