"Normally I'm good with my last attempt in competition
and tonight proved this fact. My last attempt was clearly valid. The take off board shows
no mark to indicate a foul, so I believe it was good. I felt the whole event was very
tough this evening. May (ITA) has shown she is in wonderful shape. I was concerned that
she might have produced a big jump with her final attempt and so I was very anxious before
Silver Medallist - Fiona MAY (ITA)
"That's how life goes. I came second, it could have
been better, it could have been worse. I thought Marion (Jones) might be tougher. I cannot
say I'm happy and I don't want to be unsporting but everybody saw what happened in
Montalvo's last jump. I am showing good sportmanship and settle for this. It is not my job
to make a protest, it is my team which does this. I wasn't technically perfect in the
competition though I was lucky to get six clean jumps. I cannot really think of it now.
Give me half an hour to calm down."
Bronze Medallist - Marion JONES (USA)
"Of course I am a little bit disappointed, I came here
to win. This time it didn't go my way but that means I just have to try next year again. I
am not concentrating on long jump, though. I am doing things in the future exactly the
same way I have been doing so far. I congratulate Montalvo. The huge last jump showed her
character. She earned her victory."