Janice JOSEPHS

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    South Africa South Africa
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    31 MAR 1982
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    171435
South African heptathlete Janice Josephs (Getty Images)

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
60 Metres 7.57 0.0 Port Elizabeth (RSA) 08 DEC 2011
100 Metres 11.36 +0.1 Pretoria (RSA) 18 MAR 2005
200 Metres 23.15 +0.9 Durban (RSA) 16 APR 2004
800 Metres 2:10.61 Melbourne (AUS) 22 MAR 2006
100 Metres Hurdles 13.30 +0.9 Durban (RSA) 16 APR 2004
100 Metres Hurdles 13.29 * +2.9 Arles (FRA) 04 JUN 2005
High Jump 1.72 Bambous (MRI) 11 AUG 2006
Long Jump 6.79 +0.1 Algiers (ALG) 21 JUL 2007
Shot Put 12.68 Salo (ITA) 07 MAY 2005
Javelin Throw 44.42 Arles (FRA) 04 JUN 2006
Heptathlon 6181 Melbourne (AUS) 22 MAR 2006

Legend

* Not legal.

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
Long Jump 6.51 Valencia (ESP) 08 MAR 2008

Legend

* Not legal.

Latest Active Season: 2014

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
Long Jump 5.51 +0.1 Bellville (RSA) 01 MAR 2014
Long Jump 5.63 +2.1 Bellville (RSA) 01 MAR 2014

Outdoor

60 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2011 7.57 0.0 Port Elizabeth (RSA) 08 DEC 2011

Outdoor

100 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2010 12.34 Brazzaville (CGO) 30 MAY 2010
2006 11.60 -0.5 Bellville (RSA) 17 FEB 2006
2005 11.36 +0.1 Pretoria (RSA) 18 MAR 2005
2004 11.42 +0.8 Cape Town (RSA) 19 MAR 2004
2003 11.38 +0.3 Bloemfontein (RSA) 07 FEB 2003
2002 11.46 +2.0 Budapest (HUN) 12 JUL 2002
2001 11.88 0.0 Parow (RSA) 01 DEC 2001
2000 11.78 -0.6 Cape Town (RSA) 31 MAR 2000
1999 11.74 +0.3 Pretoria (RSA) 26 MAR 1999

Outdoor

200 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2006 23.42 +0.9 Melbourne (AUS) 21 MAR 2006
2005 23.17 -0.3 Pretoria (RSA) 18 MAR 2005
2004 23.15 +0.9 Durban (RSA) 16 APR 2004
2003 23.26 -1.4 Port Elizabeth (RSA) 26 APR 2003
2002 23.90 +1.1 Bellville (RSA) 27 APR 2002
2000 24.08 +0.4 Rustenburg (RSA) 22 JAN 2000
1999 24.88 0.0 Windhoek (NAM) 01 MAY 1999

Outdoor

800 Metres

Performance Place Date
2006 2:10.61 Melbourne (AUS) 22 MAR 2006
2005 2:15.79 Salo (ITA) 08 MAY 2005
2004 2:18.47 Athina (GRE) 21 AUG 2004
2003 2:17.19 Arles (FRA) 08 JUN 2003

Outdoor

100 Metres Hurdles

Performance Wind Place Date
2011 14.20 0.0 Oudtshoorn (RSA) 12 DEC 2011
2010 14.13 +1.6 Durban (RSA) 21 MAR 2010
2007 13.76 -1.6 Durban (RSA) 17 MAR 2007
2006 13.38 +0.5 Secunda (RSA) 20 JAN 2006
2005 13.56 -2.2 Helsinki (FIN) 06 AUG 2005
2004 13.30 +0.9 Durban (RSA) 16 APR 2004
2003 13.58 +0.1 Stellenbosch (RSA) 28 MAY 2003

Outdoor

High Jump

Performance Place Date
2006 1.72 Bambous (MRI) 11 AUG 2006
2005 1.70 Salo (ITA) 07 MAY 2005
2004 1.70 Durban (RSA) 16 APR 2004
2003 1.70 Arles (FRA) 07 JUN 2003

Outdoor

Long Jump

Performance Wind Place Date
2014 5.51 +0.1 Bellville (RSA) 01 MAR 2014
2013 6.21 -0.5 Stellenbosch (RSA) 13 APR 2013
2012 6.55 +0.4 Pretoria (RSA) 04 MAY 2012
2011 6.52 -1.2 Stellenbosch (RSA) 15 DEC 2011
2010 6.49 +0.4 Germiston (RSA) 06 APR 2010
2009 6.75 Port Elizabeth (RSA) 20 FEB 2009
2008 6.64 +1.7 Addis Abeba (ETH) 02 MAY 2008
2007 6.79 +0.1 Algiers (ALG) 21 JUL 2007
2006 6.54 Bambous (MRI) 12 AUG 2006
2005 6.50 -0.2 Parow (RSA) 16 DEC 2005
2004 6.41 -1.4 Stellenbosch (RSA) 09 JAN 2004
2003 6.17 +2.0 Arles (FRA) 08 JUN 2003

Outdoor

Shot Put

Performance Place Date
2006 12.00 Arles (FRA) 03 JUN 2006
2005 12.68 Salo (ITA) 07 MAY 2005
2004 12.57 Durban (RSA) 16 APR 2004
2003 10.50 Arles (FRA) 07 JUN 2003

Outdoor

Javelin Throw

Performance Place Date
2006 44.42 Arles (FRA) 04 JUN 2006
2005 37.31 Salo (ITA) 08 MAY 2005
2004 41.89 Brazzaville (CGO) 15 JUL 2004
2003 30.66 Arles (FRA) 08 JUN 2003

Outdoor

Heptathlon

Performance Wind Place Date
2007 5099 Stellenbosch (RSA) 03 MAR 2007
2006 6181 Melbourne (AUS) 22 MAR 2006
2005 5958 Salo (ITA) 08 MAY 2005
2004 6127 Durban (RSA) 17 APR 2004
2003 5740 Arles (FRA) 08 JUN 2003
2000 5466 Pietersburg (RSA) 15 APR 2000

Indoor

Long Jump

Performance Place Date
2009/10 6.02 Doha (QAT) 13 MAR 2010
2007/08 6.51 Valencia (ESP) 08 MAR 2008

Honours - World Indoor Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
8. Long Jump 6.39 Valencia (ESP) 09 MAR 2008

Honours - African Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Heptathlon 5876 Bambous (MRI) 12 AUG 2006
1. Long Jump 6.64 +1.7 Addis Abeba (ETH) 02 MAY 2008
2. Heptathlon 5785 Brazzaville (CGO) 15 JUL 2004
2. Long Jump 6.13 +3.5 Porto Novo (BEN) 29 JUN 2012
3. High Jump 1.50 Brazzaville (CGO) 14 JUL 2004

Honours - All-African Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Long Jump 6.79 +0.1 Algiers (ALG) 21 JUL 2007

Honours - Commonwealth Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
5. Heptathlon 6181 Melbourne (AUS) 22 MAR 2006

Honours - National Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Long Jump 6.38 +3.4 Durban (RSA) 09 APR 2011
1. Long Jump 6.32 -0.9 Durban (RSA) 20 MAR 2010
1. Long Jump 6.62 -1.0 Stellenbosch (RSA) 14 MAR 2008
1. 100 Metres Hurdles 13.83 -2.8 Durban (RSA) 17 MAR 2007
1. Long Jump 6.62 -1.7 Durban (RSA) 17 MAR 2007
1. Heptathlon 5099 Stellenbosch (RSA) 03 MAR 2007
1. 100 Metres Hurdles 13.75 +0.4 Port Elizabeth (RSA) 11 FEB 2006
1. Heptathlon 5936 Port Elizabeth (RSA) 11 FEB 2006
1. Long Jump 6.49 +2.0 Port Elizabeth (RSA) 10 FEB 2006
1. Heptathlon 5938 Pretoria (RSA) 28 JAN 2006
1. Long Jump 6.38 +5.1 Durban (RSA) 15 APR 2005
1. Heptathlon 6127 Durban (RSA) 17 APR 2004
1. 100 Metres 11.43 -2.0 Port Elizabeth (RSA) 26 APR 2003
1. 200 Metres 23.26 -1.4 Port Elizabeth (RSA) 26 APR 2003
1. 100 Metres 11.78 -2.4 Durban (RSA) 23 MAR 2002
Results in:

Long Jump

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result Wind
01 MAR 2014 Bellville WP Open Meeting RSARSA F F 2. 5.63 +2.1
01 MAR 2014 Bellville WP Open Meeting RSARSA F F 5.51 +0.1


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Updated 26 February 2008


Janice JOSEPHS, South Africa (long jump/heptathlon)

Born 31 March 1982, Cape Town 1.69m/57kg.

The second of 3 children, she has a brother (27) and a sister.

Coach: William Banks; Club: Maties AC, Stelllenbosch.  


A versatile and dedicated born and bred Cape Town girl, Janice Josephs has devoted most of her life to her favourite sport of athletics. It all started at the age of 11, when she became part and parcel of the South African track and field scene.  A natural runner and jumper, she showed an early interest in multi events with a particular love for the hurdles, long jump and sprints.

Josephs’ talent and quality was clear from the outset and she became a regular in teams for international school and IAAF meetings in all parts of the world. It was a good learning experience but it was perhaps asking too much too soon for her to perform well and develop, so she took a break in 2001 and 2002 and returned with great determination in 2003. Despite her age, she is a seasoned traveller who has just required her fourth passport.    

As a competitor, Josephs has grown in stature over the last few years. Having made her name in heptathlon circles, with one national junior and two senior records, she decided in 2007 to make the long jump her main event.  

“I really enjoyed the seven-eventer and its challenges, and I will most probably do a few more in Europe in years to come,” Josephs said. “But it has limited participation opportunities and, because of a love to compete more regularly on the international stage, I switched my focus to the long jump, which I consider my best individual event, early in 2007.”

The lack of heptathlon competitors in South Africa also influenced the switch.  And she had no regrets about her decision as she won the 2007 All Africa Games title, in Algiers, with an impressive personal best of 6.79m, which opened the door for her to the World Championships, in Osaka.                 

Josephs’ main aims now include reaching the Olympic final, winning a major medal, and adding the South African long jump record to her heptathlon mark of 6181 points set at the Commonwealth Games, in Melbourne, in 2006.  She is confident of succeeding after six years’ guidance from coach William Banks.

Training 2 to 3 hours a day, preferably in the morning at the Vygieskraal track, or at Stellenbosch, Josephs has no boyfriend and devotes all her time to athletics, although she loves going to the movies regularly. She spends a lot of time with her parents, who live with her in Muizenberg.
As a proud product of Steenberg High School, Josephs has the distinction of having represented South Africa at the World Youth (1999), World Junior (2000) and senior World Championships (2005/2007), the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games and all major African events. She is looking ahead keenly now to the World Indoor Championships, in Valencia.                      


Personal Bests

Heptathlon: 6,181 pts (2006);
Long Jump: 6.79m (2007).
Other events: 100m – 11.36 (2005); 200m – 23.15 (2004); 800m – 2:10.61 (2006); 100m hurdles – 13.30 (2004); High Jump – 1.70m (2003); Shot Put – 12.00 (2006); Javelin Throw – 44.97 (2005).     


Yearly Progression
Long jump/Heptathlon: 1998:  5.58m / --;   1999: 5.81m /---;   2000: 5.98m / 5,466 pts; 2003: 6.17 / 5,740 pts; 2004: ---- /6,127 pts; 2005: 6.50 / 5,958; 2006: 6.54 / 6.181 pts; 2007: 6.79 / ----; 2008: 6.63m / ----.    


Career Highlights

2000:  1st  Southern African Schools (100/200)
2004:  19th  Olympic Games (Hep)
2004:  2nd  African Championships (Hep)
2006:  1st   African Championships (Hep)
2006:  5th    Commonwealth Games (Hep)
2007:  1st   All Africa Games (Long Jump)


Prepared by Gert le Roux for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. Copyright  IAAF 2008.

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