Ignisious GAISAH

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Netherlands Netherlands
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    20 JUL 1983
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    191643
Ignisious Gaisah (Getty Images)

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
100 Metres 11.04 +0.8 Ede (NED) 17 MAY 2009
200 Metres 22.84 -1.0 Hoorn (NED) 22 APR 2012
Long Jump 8.43 -0.2 Roma (ITA) 14 JUL 2006
Long Jump 8.51 * +3.7 Bambous (MRI) 09 AUG 2006

Legend

* Not legal.

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
60 Metres 7.11 Amsterdam (NED) 22 JAN 2012
Long Jump 8.36 Stockholm (SWE) 02 FEB 2006

Legend

* Not legal.

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
Long Jump 7.93 -0.1 Hechingen (GER) 30 JUN 2018

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
Long Jump 7.48 Nehvizdy (CZE) 18 JAN 2018

Outdoor

100 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2009 11.04 +0.8 Ede (NED) 17 MAY 2009

Outdoor

200 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2012 22.84 -1.0 Hoorn (NED) 22 APR 2012

Outdoor

Long Jump

Performance Wind Place Date
2018 7.93 -0.1 Hechingen (GER) 30 JUN 2018
2017 7.63 +1.4 Marseille (FRA) 03 JUN 2017
2016 8.00 +1.8 Madrid (ESP) 23 JUN 2016
2015 8.19 +1.9 Clermont (USA) 18 APR 2015
2014 8.13 +0.5 Berlin (GER) 31 AUG 2014
2013 8.29 +0.4 Moskva (RUS) 16 AUG 2013
2012 8.04 +0.7 Kumasi (GHA) 06 JUL 2012
2011 8.26 +1.6 Hengelo (NED) 29 MAY 2011
2010 8.18 0.0 Innsbruck (AUT) 04 JUN 2010
2009 7.78 -0.4 Shanghai (CHN) 20 SEP 2009
2007 8.08 Abuja (NGR) 05 MAY 2007
2006 8.43 -0.2 Roma (ITA) 14 JUL 2006
2005 8.34 +0.4 Shanghai (CHN) 17 SEP 2005
2004 8.32 +0.4 Monaco (MON) 19 SEP 2004
2003 8.30 +0.1 Abuja (NGR) 14 OCT 2003
2002 8.12 +0.6 Hilversum (NED) 08 SEP 2002

Indoor

60 Metres

Performance Place Date
2011/12 7.11 Amsterdam (NED) 22 JAN 2012

Indoor

Long Jump

Performance Place Date
2017/18 7.48 Nehvizdy (CZE) 18 JAN 2018
2016/17 7.26 Karlsruhe (GER) 04 FEB 2017
2015/16 7.76 Apeldoorn (NED) 28 FEB 2016
2014/15 7.77 Birmingham (GBR) 21 FEB 2015
2013/14 7.99 Sopot (POL) 07 MAR 2014
2012/13 7.69 Moskva (RUS) 03 FEB 2013
2011/12 7.98 Stockholm (SWE) 23 FEB 2012
2010/11 8.00 Stockholm (SWE) 22 FEB 2011
2009/10 7.89 Doha (QAT) 12 MAR 2010
2007/08 7.78 Athina (GRE) 13 FEB 2008
2005/06 8.36 Stockholm (SWE) 02 FEB 2006
2003/04 7.68 Birmingham (GBR) 20 FEB 2004
2002/03 7.98 Karlsruhe (GER) 28 FEB 2003

Honours - Olympic Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
6. Long Jump 8.24 +0.8 Athina (GRE) 26 AUG 2004

Honours - World Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. Long Jump 8.29 +0.4 Moskva (RUS) 16 AUG 2013
2. Long Jump 8.34 +0.2 Helsinki (FIN) 13 AUG 2005
4. Long Jump 8.13 0.0 Paris (FRA) 29 AUG 2003

Honours - World Indoor Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Long Jump 8.30 Moskva (RUS) 11 MAR 2006
7. Long Jump 7.86 Istanbul (TUR) 10 MAR 2012
7. Long Jump 7.81 Doha (QAT) 13 MAR 2010

Honours - World (Continental) Cup

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Long Jump 8.11 -0.7 Marrakesh (MAR) 13 SEP 2014
4. Long Jump 8.09 +0.4 Athina (GRE) 16 SEP 2006

Honours - European Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
3. Long Jump 7.93 0.0 Amsterdam (NED) 07 JUL 2016
6. Long Jump 8.08 -0.6 Zürich (SUI) 17 AUG 2014

Honours - African Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Long Jump 8.51 +3.7 Bambous (MRI) 09 AUG 2006
3. Long Jump 7.73 +0.2 Porto Novo (BEN) 28 JUN 2012

Honours - All-African Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Long Jump 8.30 +0.1 Abuja (NGR) 14 OCT 2003
2. Long Jump 7.86 +0.2 Maputo (MOZ) 15 SEP 2011

Honours - World Athletics Final

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Long Jump 8.32 +0.4 Monaco (MON) 19 SEP 2004
3. Long Jump 8.26 +0.1 Monaco (MON) 13 SEP 2003
4. Long Jump 8.26 +0.9 Stuttgart (GER) 10 SEP 2006
4. Long Jump 8.23 +1.2 Monaco (MON) 10 SEP 2005

Honours - Golden League

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Long Jump 8.31 +0.2 Paris (FRA) 08 JUL 2006

Honours - Commonwealth Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Long Jump 8.20 +0.2 Melbourne (AUS) 22 MAR 2006
3. Long Jump 8.12 +0.4 New Delhi (IND) 09 OCT 2010

Honours - National Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Long Jump 7.64 +1.6 Utrecht (NED) 23 JUN 2018
1. Long Jump 7.63 -1.2 Amsterdam (NED) 18 JUN 2016
1. Long Jump 7.75 +0.4 Amsterdam (NED) 27 JUL 2014
1. Long Jump 7.85 +0.9 Amsterdam (NED) 21 JUL 2013

Honours - National Indoor Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Long Jump 7.76 Apeldoorn (NED) 28 FEB 2016
1. Long Jump 7.93 Apeldoorn (NED) 23 FEB 2014
Results in:

Long Jump

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result Wind
19 MAY 2018 Lisse Ter Specke Bokaal NEDNED F F 1. 7.59 +2.1
19 MAY 2018 Lisse Ter Specke Bokaal NEDNED F F 7.57 +0.9
27 MAY 2018 Veenendaal NEDNED F F 1. 7.80 +1.0
02 JUN 2018 Innsbruck Int. Golden Roof Challenge AUTAUT E F 2. 7.80 +0.9
09 JUN 2018 Leiden Gouden Spike NEDNED E F 1. 7.62 +1.3
16 JUN 2018 Tübingen Soundtrack-Meeting GERGER F F 1. 7.56 0.0
22 JUN 2018 Utrecht Dutch Ch. NEDNED B Q 1. 7.38 +4.2
23 JUN 2018 Utrecht Dutch Ch. NEDNED B F 1. 7.64 +1.6
30 JUN 2018 Hechingen BAXTER-JUMP FLY-Abendsportfest GERGER F F 1. 7.93 -0.1
06 JUL 2018 Guadalajara Meeting Internacional ESPESP E F 5. 7.63 +0.9
07 JUL 2018 Hilversum Arena Games NEDNED E F 1. 7.37 +0.8
13 JUL 2018 Rabat Meeting International Mohammed VI D'Athletisme MARMAR A F 5. 7.81 +0.5
21 JUL 2018 Heusden-Zolder KBC Night of Athletics BELBEL C F 1. 7.68 0.0
22 JUL 2018 Gent Feestenmeeting BELBEL E F 1. 7.76 +1.2
28 JUL 2018 Ninove Memorial Geert Rasschaert BELBEL E F 1. 7.43 +2.9
28 JUL 2018 Ninove Memorial Geert Rasschaert BELBEL E F 7.32 +1.4
18 AUG 2018 Göteborg Folksam GP SWESWE C F 5. 7.49 +0.4
08 SEP 2018 Schaan Golden Fly Series LIELIE E F 5. 7.19 +0.3

Long Jump Indoor

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
18 JAN 2018 Nehvizdy CZECZE E F 6. 7.48


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Updated 5 August 2007

Ignisious Gaisah,  Ghana (long jump)

Born 20 June 1983, Ashanti region, 1.86m / 70kg

Coaches: Monique Berrevoets, Eric van der Steenhoven

When Ignisious Gaisah broke the African junior record in the long jump in the Netherlands in 2002, the Ghanaian prospect was so unknown that he was for a few months mistaken for a Sierra Leonian. He hadn’t come from nowhere, exactly, but he had lost part of his name en route to Europe.

Born Anthony Ignisious Gaisah Essuman, he first made a name of himself as Tony Essuman. As a young boy, he was primarily interested in football, like most of his fellow countrymen. But, prone to injuries, he was prompted to look for an activity with less contact. At the age of 16, he took to athletics, a sport that his mother had practised briefly in an era when sport was not seen as compatible with family life.

He started as a high jumper (1.95 PB) but his fate changed when a team mate injured himself on the eve of a major inter-schools competition. As a replacement was needed in the long jump, he pleaded with his teachers to give him a try. “I can do it,” he said. Not only did he fulfil his team’s expectations, jumping well beyond 6 metres, he also discovered on that day that “in the long jump, you are much closer to the public” than in the vertical event.

Gaisah’s priorities thus shifted to sprints and the long jump. “I could manage 11.1 - 11.2 in the 100m and 22.3 - 22.4 in the 200m,” he says.  But he rapidly drew attention with his performances in the long jump. After winning a national title with 7.40m in 1999, he picked up a bronze medal (7.42m) at the African Junior Championships, in Tunis, the same year.

The turning point came in 2002 when he travelled to the Netherlands to visit a family friend.  He took the opportunity to venture to the local club (PAC Rotterdam) to show his skills. Monique Berrevoets (his future sprint coach) remembers the day she met him. "He just came to the track in Rotterdam one night, saying he was a good jumper,” she said. “At first I thought: ‘Here's another one who thinks he is a good jumper.’ But after watching him, I realised that he was indeed good.” Alongside Eric van der Steenhoven (a long jump coach), she has given the impetus to Gaisah's dazzling progression since then.

After breaking the 8m barrier in 2002, he finished 4th, at the age of 20, in the 2003 World Championships in Paris (8.13), his first participation in a global event. He then improved  his national record by 5cm (8.26m) with a 3rd place at the World Athletics Final, before adding another 4cm to his best for a massive win at the All Africa Games, 38cm ahead his closest challenger.

In 2004, Gaisah managed a respectable 6th place in his first Olympics before setting a new national record for the second year in a row at the World Athletics Final in Monaco (8.32m).  After jumping for half a year with pain his in knee, it was then time for surgery followed by a long break without training until January.

In 2005 Gaisah recorded another new best when it mattered most: at the World Championships, in Helsinki. Despite suffering cramps, he asserted himself as uncontested second (8.34m) behind Dwight Phillips's 8.60m. He recorded another 8.34m in Shanghai for his last outing of the season.

The world silver medal produced a major boost in Gaisah's career as it brought along an Olympic scholarship to help fund his training and a residence permit in the Netherlands, which allows him to stay for longer periods than with a visa. “You can see he's been working hard in Ghana, but each time he comes back to Rotterdam, there are a lot of little technical mistakes to correct again and again,”  said Berrevoets on the night of Helsinki's long jump final.

On the strength of these improved conditions, Gaisah managed to fulfil all the objectives he had set for 2006: a new African indoor record (8.36) in Stockholm on February 2nd and, above all, the world indoor title in Moscow, prevailing over Panama's Irving Saladino after a closely fought contest (8.30 to 8.29m) and then the Commonwealth gold medal, of great value in the eyes of his countrymen!

After a few average performances in June, Gaisah switched to cruise mode, landing just 3 centimetres short of the African record in Rome (8.43m) on July 14.

At the African championships, he once more displayed nerves of steel to clinch the continental title and the selection for the World Cup on the very last attempt (8.51w).

Before the World Athletics Final, where he managed to produce an 8.26m jump for 4th, Gaisah had a couple of under-par meets: his mind was probably not focused on athletics so much with his first child, Miguel, being born in Ghana on August 27. He carried on with 4th place in the World Cup in Athens (8.09m), just 3cm short of 2nd before ending the season with an 8.16m win in Shanghai.

After skipping the indoor season, Gaisah made his return with an 8.08m victory in Abuja on May 5, his best so far in 2007. Hardly above 8m in Villeneuve d’Ascq (8.06m), Prague (8.05m) and Athens (8.04m), his performances have been hindered by patella tendinitis, which forced him to pull out of the All Africa Games final on July 20 so as not to risk damage just one month before the World Championships in Osaka.

Gaisah sees himself  as “not as powerful as the other long jumpers but being able to compensate with sprinting abilities.”

He is coached by two Dutch trainers, Monique Berrevoets, in charge of speed and power, and Eric van der Steenhoven, who deals with the technical aspects of the jump from the take-off phase.


Yearly Progression

 1998 – 7.35; 1999 – 7.42; 2000 – 7.40; 2002 – 8.12 (African junior record); 2003 – 8.30; 2004 – 8.32; 2005 - 8.34; 2006 - 8.43; 2007 – 8.08.

Personal bests

8.43 (2006); 8.36 indoors (2006)

Career highlights

1999  3rd African junior championships (7.42)
2003  4th World Championships (8.13)
2003  1st All Africa Games (8.30)
2004  6th Olympic Games (8.24)
2005  2nd World Championships (8.34)
2006  1st World Indoor Championships (8.30)
2006  1st Commonwealth Games (8.20)
2006   1st African Championships (8.51w)

Prepared by Carole Fuchs for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. Copyright IAAF 2007.