Maurren Higa MAGGI

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Brazil Brazil
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    25 JUN 1976
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    110243
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Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
100 Metres Hurdles 12.71 +0.1 Manaus (BRA) 19 MAY 2001 AR
Long Jump 7.26 +1.8 Bogotá (COL) 25 JUN 1999 AR
Triple Jump 14.53 +0.7 Sao Caetano do Sul (BRA) 27 APR 2003

Legend

* Not legal.

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
60 Metres Hurdles 8.12 Gent (BEL) 11 FEB 2000
Long Jump 6.89 Valencia (ESP) 09 MAR 2008 AR

Legend

* Not legal.

Latest Active Season: 2015

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
Long Jump 6.51 +1.2 Campinas (BRA) 28 MAR 2015

Outdoor

100 Metres Hurdles

Performance Wind Place Date
2002 13.23 -0.2 Sao Caetano do Sul (BRA) 23 MAR 2002
2001 12.71 +0.1 Manaus (BRA) 19 MAY 2001
2000 13.27 -0.8 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 03 AUG 2000
1999 12.86 +1.2 Winnipeg (CAN) 30 JUL 1999
1998 13.60 +1.2 Curitiba (BRA) 12 APR 1998
1997 13.89 0.0 Heusenstamm (GER) 29 MAY 1997

Outdoor

Long Jump

Performance Wind Place Date
2015 6.51 +1.2 Campinas (BRA) 28 MAR 2015
2013 6.21 -0.5 Belém (BRA) 12 MAY 2013
2012 6.85 +0.5 Sao Paulo (BRA) 16 MAY 2012
2011 6.94 +1.1 Guadalajara (MEX) 26 OCT 2011
2010 6.45 +1.0 Sao Paulo (BRA) 30 JUL 2010
2009 6.90 +0.8 Doha (QAT) 08 MAY 2009
2008 7.04 +0.2 Beijing (CHN) 22 AUG 2008
2007 6.95 +0.6 Osaka (JPN) 27 AUG 2007
2006 6.84 +1.0 Sao Paulo (BRA) 22 SEP 2006
2003 7.06 +0.8 Milano (ITA) 03 JUN 2003
2002 7.02 +2.0 Paris (FRA) 14 SEP 2002
2001 6.94 +1.7 Brisbane (AUS) 07 SEP 2001
2000 6.93 0.0 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 14 MAY 2000
1999 7.26 +1.8 Bogotá (COL) 25 JUN 1999
1998 6.42 0.0 Sao Caetano do Sul (BRA) 28 MAR 1998
1997 6.54 0.0 Heusenstamm (GER) 29 MAY 1997
1996 6.47 0.0 Sao José do Rio Preto (BRA) 22 JUN 1996

Outdoor

Triple Jump

Performance Wind Place Date
2007 14.44 +0.7 Ibirapuera (BRA) 07 MAR 2007
2006 14.02 +1.1 Sao Paulo (BRA) 20 AUG 2006
2003 14.53 +0.7 Sao Caetano do Sul (BRA) 27 APR 2003
2002 14.32 -2.6 Sao José do Rio Preto (BRA) 16 MAR 2002
2001 13.60 +1.5 Sao Caetano do Sul (BRA) 22 APR 2001

Indoor

60 Metres Hurdles

Performance Place Date
2000/01 8.14 Wien (AUT) 12 FEB 2001
1999/00 8.12 Gent (BEL) 11 FEB 2000

Indoor

Long Jump

Performance Place Date
2007/08 6.89 Valencia (ESP) 09 MAR 2008
2006/07 6.69 Valencia (ESP) 10 FEB 2007
2002/03 6.70 Birmingham (GBR) 16 MAR 2003
2000/01 6.38 Lisboa (POR) 10 MAR 2001
1999/00 6.67 Birmingham (GBR) 20 FEB 2000

Honours - Olympic Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Long Jump 7.04 +0.2 Beijing (CHN) 22 AUG 2008

Honours - World Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
6. Long Jump 6.68 +0.7 Berlin (GER) 23 AUG 2009
6. Long Jump 6.80 +1.2 Osaka (JPN) 28 AUG 2007
7. Long Jump 6.73 -0.6 Edmonton (CAN) 07 AUG 2001
8. Long Jump 6.68 +0.1 Sevilla (ESP) 23 AUG 1999

Honours - World Indoor Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. Long Jump 6.89 Valencia (ESP) 09 MAR 2008
3. Long Jump 6.70 Birmingham (GBR) 16 MAR 2003

Honours - World (Continental) Cup

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. Long Jump 6.81 +1.9 Madrid (ESP) 21 SEP 2002

Honours - South American Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Long Jump 6.91 +1.0 Sao Paulo (BRA) 08 JUN 2007
1. Long Jump 6.86 +2.2 Tunja (COL) 30 SEP 2006
1. Long Jump 6.52 0.0 Buenos Aires (ARG) 02 JUN 2011
1. 100 Metres Hurdles 12.71 +0.1 Manaus (BRA) 19 MAY 2001
1. Long Jump 6.69 0.0 Manaus (BRA) 18 MAY 2001
1. 100 Metres Hurdles 13.05 +0.1 Bogotá (COL) 25 JUN 1999
1. Long Jump 7.26 +1.8 Bogotá (COL) 25 JUN 1999
1. Long Jump 6.54 +1.1 Mar del Plata (ARG) 04 APR 1997

Honours - Pan American Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Long Jump 6.94 +1.1 Guadalajara (MEX) 26 OCT 2011
1. Long Jump 6.84 0.0 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 25 JUL 2007
1. Long Jump 6.59 -1.0 Winnipeg (CAN) 24 JUL 1999
2. 100 Metres Hurdles 12.86 +1.2 Winnipeg (CAN) 30 JUL 1999
4. Triple Jump 14.07 +0.9 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 27 JUL 2007

Honours - Grand Prix Final

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Long Jump 7.02 +2.0 Paris (FRA) 14 SEP 2002

Honours - Golden League

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Long Jump 6.84 +0.3 Zürich (SUI) 16 AUG 2002

Honours - Ibero-American Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Long Jump 6.97 +1.0 Guatemala City (GUA) 11 MAY 2002
1. Long Jump 6.70 +0.9 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 20 MAY 2000
2. Long Jump 6.28 0.0 Medellín (COL) 11 MAY 1996
3. Long Jump 6.25 -0.9 Lisboa (POR) 18 JUL 1998

Honours - World University Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Long Jump 6.83 +1.6 Beijing (CHN) 28 AUG 2001
2. 100 Metres Hurdles 13.13 -0.1 Beijing (CHN) 28 AUG 2001
3. Long Jump 6.58 -0.7 Palma de Mallorca (ESP) 13 JUL 1999

Honours - National Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Long Jump 6.99 -0.5 Sao Paulo (BRA) 29 JUN 2008
1. Long Jump 6.84 +1.0 Sao Paulo (BRA) 22 SEP 2006
1. Long Jump 6.75 -0.1 Sao Paulo (BRA) 15 JUN 2003
1. Long Jump 6.86 +0.9 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 29 SEP 2002
1. Triple Jump 13.80 +0.6 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 27 SEP 2002
1. Long Jump 6.70 +2.0 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 22 JUL 2001
1. Long Jump 6.72 +2.3 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 04 AUG 2000
1. 100 Metres Hurdles 13.27 -0.8 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 03 AUG 2000
1. Long Jump 6.56 +1.5 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 04 JUN 1999
1. 100 Metres Hurdles 13.28 -0.7 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 03 JUN 1999
Results in:

Long Jump

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result Wind
28 MAR 2015 Campinas Regional Ch. BRABRA F F 1. 6.51 +1.2
04 APR 2015 San Diego Arnie Robinson Invitational USAUSA F F 1. 6.34 NWI
11 APR 2015 Los Angeles Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational USAUSA F F OC 6.31 +1.4


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Updated 5 March 2008


Maurren Higa MAGGI, Brazil (Long Jump)

Born 25 June 1976, Sao Carlos, Sao Paulo state, Brazil; 1.73m, 62kg

Lives in Sao Paulo

Coach: Nélio Alfano Moura

Club: Clube de Atletismo BM&F (BM&F Athletics Club)


Maurren Higa Maggi, a young girl who loved plush dolls, used to be the best athlete in Brazil, and even the leader of the world rankings in the long jump. Everybody, and especially her, expected her to be an Olympic champion. But she failed a doping test in 2003 and was out of competition for two years, missing the 2004 Athens Olympics. People thought she would not compete any more but she came back in 2005 and showed that she could still attain her ultimate goal.

Maggi was born in Sao Carlos, a town close to Sao Paulo, one of the biggest cities in the world. Although her parents were not high performance athletes, they were pleased that their three children, William, Maurren and Jefferson, were interested in practicing sports. From the age of 7, their daughter loved competing at volleyball, swimming, gymnastics, athletics, table tennis, and even chess.

Maurren’s parents always supported her early ambitions. That was the why it took Nélio Alfano Moura, the coach who guided her to international level, some time before talking to her. “Nelio saw me around in 1992,” Maggi recalled. “But he thought my father was my coach because he was always cheering me, so he didn’t want to act in an anti-ethical manner. When he finally found out that he was only my father, he asked me to join Projeto Futuro programme (development programme)”.

Maggi decided to move to Sao Paulo in 1994 to start her athletics career. From that moment she changed her life. She lived and trained at the Ibirapuera Park and spent every day focused on athletics. She fell in love with the long jump from the very beginning but found herself being selected for the 100m hurdles because there were many better jumpers than her. In 1996, Maggi joined BM&F Athletics Club, and started to develop in both events.

In 1999 Maggi experienced the first big impact in her career when winning the South American Championships, in Bogotá, with an astonishing jump of 7.26. This mark put her among the top 10 jumpers all time. Only two months later, she won the long jump gold medal at the Pan American Games, in Winnipeg, and silver in the 100m hurdles. These performances caught the media’s eye. “Everything was new to me at Winnipeg,” she said. “It was the first time that I traveled with a complete Brazilian delegation, where everyone was looking forward to succeeding. It was great since it was my first huge experience related to sport.”

After those Games, Maggi became famous in her country, and started to be invited to many events. “I was a quite well known person, so I had the possibility to meet some actors, artists and other celebrities, people that I had hardly knew before”, she explained. She didn’t earn as much money as those famous people, but she was happy to be able to share time with them. Her nails - painted in green and yellow - became as famous as her medals.

In 2000, Maggi jumped near the 7-metre barrier again, and became a medal favorite for the Olympic Games in Sydney. But she was injured during the qualification round, and had to quit the competition. She left the stadium in tears. “I was enjoying the best moment of my career, even better than Winnipeg. I’d never thought that something like that could happen to me. It was so terrible that I’ve never wanted to watch my jump on TV, because I thought it would be more difficult for me psychologically to recover”.

Maggi got over it well, however. The early competitions were difficult for her but, in 2001, she reached the top ranking position again, and became a podium candidate for the World Championships, in Edmonton. “I had very bad luck at that tournament,” she recalled. “All the competitors jumped with the help of the wind, but, during my attempts, the direction of the wind always changed.” Maggi finished 7th.

In 2002, Maggi experienced “the best season of my career”. With consistent jumps all year, she won the Ibero-American Championships, in Guatemala, the Grand Prix Final, in Paris, and finished second in the World Cup, in Madrid. She used to spend some months in the Netherlands, where she lived while competing in the European season.

Everything seemed to be fine for Maggi at the beginning of 2003. At the World Indoor Championships, in Birmingham, she won the bronze medal, the first podium place achieved by a Brazilian woman at any senior athletics World Championships. In April, she established the South American triple jump record (14.53), so she had, at that moment, three South American outdoor records: 100m hurdles, long and triple jump (countryman Keila da Silva Costa jumped 14.57 in 2007).

But she tested positive during the Trofeo Brasil for the steroid clostebol, and she was sanctioned with a 2-year suspension. She said that the banned substance appeared in her test because she had used a hair-remover cream. After that, she stopped training for a while and moved to a quiet town.

However, Maurren found the strength enough to carry on when she met F1 driver Antonio Pizzonia, from Manaus, whom she married. In December 2004, they gave birth to a daughter, Sophia, and decided to leave Manaus and move to Monaco.

Although some people thought that she would not come back, Maggi did not give up. She returned to train with Moura at the beginning of 2006, and competed in the South America region some weeks later. She reached a season’s best of 6.84 in Bogotá and confirmed that she would prepare herself for the following year’s Pan American Games.

In 2007, back to daily training in company of Sophia, she again was in great shape. She reached 6.94, and won the South American Championships in Sao Paulo (6.91), and Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro (6.84), regaining her title from Winnipeg 1999.

Meanwhile, she kept on improving her international performance. At the World Championship qualification in Osaka, she got her SB 6.95, and finished 6th in the final with 6.80. “I got all these achievements as a result of my determination,” she said. “I managed to be back to my level after three years out of track.”

At the begging of 2008 season, success went with her. She won the Stuttgart meeting with 6.87, improving her South American indoor record and establishing her as one of the best five long jumpers of the indoor season. So that made her think that she could repeat her Birmingham 2003 podium.

However, Maggi’s main career goal now is an Olympic medal. She does not have one from Sydney or in Athens, so she is focused completely on Beijing 2008. At that time, she would be 32 years old. “I’m not afraid of that. Heike Drechsler won the Olympic title at the age of 35, so everything is possible,” she said.

 

Personal Bests
 
Long Jump: 7.26a (1999); 6.87i (2008)
Triple Jump: 14.53 (2003)
100mH: 12.71 (2001)
60mH: 8.12 (2000)


Yearly Progression

LJ: 1997: 6.54; 1998: 6.42; 1999: 7.26a; 2000: 6.93; 2001: 6.94/6.98w; 2002:  7.02/7.17w; 2003: 7.06/6.70i; 2006: 6.84a; 2007: 6.95; 2008: 6.87i


Career Highlights

Long jump
1997 1st South American Championships (Mar del Plata)  6.54
1999 1st South American Championships (Bogotá)   7.26a
1st Pan American Games (Winnipeg)    6.59
8th World Championships (Sevilla)     6.68
2000 1st Ibero-American Championships (Rio de Janeiro)  6.70
q Olympic Games (Sydney)
2001 1st South American Championships (Manaus)   6.69
1st University Games (Palma de Mallorca)   6.83
7th World Championships (Edmonton)    6.74
1st Goodwill Games (Brisbane)     6.94


2002 1st Ibero-American Championships (Guatemala)  6.97a
1st Grand Prix Final (Paris)      7.02
2nd World Cup (Madrid)      6.81
2003 3rd World Indoor Championships (Birmingham)   6.70i
2006 1st South American Grand Prix (Bogotá)    6.84a
2007 1st South American Championships (Sao Paulo)  6.91
1st Pan American Games (Rio de Janeiro)   6.84
 6th World Championships (Osaka)    6.80 (6.95q)
2008 1st Stuttgart        6.87i (AR)

100mH:
1997 2nd South American Championships (Mar del Plata)  13.65
1999 1st South American Championships (Bogotá)   13.07
2nd Pan American Games (Winnipeg)    12.86
2001 1st South American Championships (Manaus)   12.71
 2nd University Games (Palma de Mallorca)
 2nd Goodwill Games (Brisbane)


Prepared by Víctor Pochat for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. Copyright IAAF 2008.

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