Janice Josephs

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    South Africa South Africa
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    31 MAR 1982
South African heptathlete Janice Josephs (Getty Images)

Personal Best - Outdoor

Performance Wind Place Date
100 Metres 11.36 +0.1 Pretoria 18 MAR 2005
200 Metres 23.15 +0.9 Durban 16 APR 2004
200 Metres 23.15 +0.9 Durban 16 APR 2004
800 Metres 2:10.61 Melbourne 22 MAR 2006
100 Metres Hurdles 13.30 +0.9 Durban 16 APR 2004
100 Metres Hurdles 13.30 +0.9 Durban 16 APR 2004
High Jump 1.72 Bambous 11 AUG 2006
Long Jump 6.79 +0.1 Alger 21 JUL 2007
Shot Put 12.68 Salò 07 MAY 2005
Javelin Throw 44.42 Arles 04 JUN 2006
Heptathlon 6181 Melbourne 22 MAR 2006

Personal Best - Indoor

Performance Wind Place Date
Long Jump 6.51 Valencia (Velódromo Luis Puig), ESP 08 MAR 2008

Progression - Outdoor

100 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2005 11.36 +0.1 Pretoria 18 MAR
2004 11.42 +0.8 Cape Town 19 MAR
2003 11.38 +0.3 Bloemfontein 07 FEB
2002 11.46 +2.0 Budapest 12 JUL

200 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2006 23.42 +0.9 Melbourne 21 MAR
2005 23.17 -0.3 Pretoria 18 MAR
2004 23.15 +0.9 Durban 16 APR
2004 23.15 +0.9 Durban 16 APR
2003 23.22 +0.8 Port Elizabeth 25 APR
2000 24.08 NWI Rustenburg 22 JAN
1999 25.29 +0.2 Bydgoszcz (Zdzislaw Krzyszkowiak) 17 JUL

800 Metres

Performance Place Date
2006 2:10.61 Melbourne 22 MAR
2005 2:15.79 Salò 08 MAY
2005 2:15.79 Salò 07 MAY
2004 2:18.47 Athína (Olympic Stadium) 21 AUG
2003 2:17.19 Arles 08 JUN

100 Metres Hurdles

Performance Wind Place Date
2007 13.76 +0.9 Secunda 26 JAN
2006 13.38 +0.5 Secunda 20 JAN
2005 13.56 -2.2 Helsinki (Olympic Stadium) 06 AUG
2004 13.30 +0.9 Durban 16 APR
2004 13.30 +0.9 Durban 16 APR
2003 13.60 +1.0 Arles 07 JUN

High Jump

Performance Place Date
2006 1.72 Bambous 11 AUG
2005 1.70 Salò 07 MAY
2004 1.70 Athína (Olympic Stadium) 20 AUG
2004 1.70 Arles 07 JUN
2004 1.70 Durban 16 APR
2004 1.70 Durban 16 APR
2003 1.70 Arles 07 JUN

Long Jump

Performance Wind Place Date
2012 6.50 +0.4 Pretoria (Pilditch) 04 MAY
2011 6.52 -1.2 Stellenbosch 15 DEC
2010 6.49 +0.4 Germiston 06 APR
2009 6.75 +1.0 Port Elizabeth 20 FEB
2008 6.64 +1.7 Addis Ababa 02 MAY
2007 6.79 +0.1 Alger 21 JUL
2006 6.54 -1.7 Bambous 12 AUG
2005 6.50 -0.2 Parow, RSA 16 DEC
2004 6.41 -1.4 Stellenbosch 09 JAN
2003 6.17 +2.0 Arles 08 JUN

Shot Put

Performance Place Date
2006 12.00 Arles 03 JUN
2005 12.68 Salò 07 MAY
2004 12.57 Durban 16 APR
2003 10.50 Arles 07 JUN
2000 12.57 Durban 16 APR

Javelin Throw

Performance Place Date
2006 44.42 Arles 04 JUN
2005 37.31 Salò 08 MAY
2004 41.89 Durban 17 APR
2004 41.89 Durban 17 APR
2003 30.66 Arles 08 JUN

Heptathlon

Performance Place Date
2006 6181 Melbourne 22 MAR
2005 5958 Salò 08 MAY
2004 6127 Durban 17 APR
2003 5740 Arles 08 JUN
2000 5466 Pietersburg 15 APR

Progression - Indoor

Long Jump

Performance Wind Place Date
2010 6.02 Doha (Aspire Dome) 13 MAR
2008 6.51 Valencia (Velódromo Luis Puig), ESP 08 MAR

Honours - 200 Metres

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
IAAF/Coca Cola World Junior Championships 5h3 25.65 -1.2 Santiago de Chile (E.Nacional) 19 OCT 2000
1st IAAF World Youth Championships 4h5 25.29 +0.2 Bydgoszcz (Zdzislaw Krzyszkowiak) 17 JUL 1999

Honours - Long Jump

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
13th IAAF World Indoor Championships 21q1 6.02 Doha (Aspire Dome) 13 MAR 2010
12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 15q2 6.22 -0.1 Berlin (Olympiastadion) 21 AUG 2009
12th IAAF World Indoor Championships 8 6.39 Valencia (Velódromo Luis Puig), ESP 09 MAR 2008
11th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 12q2 6.44 -0.2 Osaka (Nagai Stadium) 27 AUG 2007

Honours - Heptathlon

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
10th IAAF World Championships in Athletics DNF Helsinki (Olympic Stadium) 07 AUG 2005
28th Olympic Games 19 6074 Athína (Olympic Stadium) 21 AUG 2004


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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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