Long jumper flying through air

Christabel Nettey


When Christabel Nettey was a young track and field athlete, she would watch the Olympic Games or other high profile events on TV and dream of being the person out there competing for Canada while the world watched. She made her first Canadian team after winning the junior long jump title at age 14 when she competed at the 2007 IAAF World Youth Championships in long jump and 100m hurdles. The excitement of making that team motivated her to work hard so that one day she could compete on the biggest stages.

Nettey won her first of seven consecutive national long jump titles in 2013 (2013-19). She was selected to compete at her first World Athletics Championships as well as the Jeux de la Francophonie, winning bronze at the latter. She went on to also win bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. In 2015 she set the Canadian long jump record, both indoors and outdoors, at 6.99m. The outdoor mark came in her second-place finish at the Prefontaine Classic in late May, a Diamond League event. Nettey won gold at the 2015 Pan Am Games with a long jump of 6.90m, beating second place by more than 20cm. She went on to post a career-best result at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, finishing fourth with a leap of 6.95m that was just 6cm shy of the podium.

Battling a season-long groin injury, she still won a pair of Diamond League silver medals, ahead of her Olympic debut at Rio 2016. She won gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.

Nettey ran collegiately at Arizona State University where she holds the second best long jump in school history (6.58m). Her senior year in 2013, she finished second at the NCAA Championships and represented Canada at the FISU Universiade.

A Little More About Christabel

Getting into the sport: Started in track and field at age 10… A teacher at her elementary school suggested to her parents to put her sister in a track club because she was beating all the boys in sprinting at school, so they enrolled her too… Wasn’t that good at the start but had fun at practice and meeting friends so she stuck with it… Outside Interests: Graduated from Arizona State University in 2013… Odds and Ends: Right shoe always goes on before left… Always keeps her bib numbers from her meets…

Olympic Highlights

Games Sport Event Finish
2016 RioAthleticsLong Jump - Women20
2020 TokyoAthleticsLong Jump - Women22

Notable International Results

Olympic Games: 2020 - 22nd (long jump); 2016 - 20th (long jump)

Pan American Games: 2019 - 14th (long jump); 2015 - GOLD (long jump)

Commonwealth Games: 2018 - GOLD (long jump); 2014 - BRONZE (long jump)

Jeux de la Francophonie: 2013 - BRONZE (long jump)

FISU Universiade: 2013 - 14th (long jump)

World Athletics Championships: 2017 - 19th (long jump); 2015 - 4th (long jump); 2013 - 20th (long jump)

World Athletics Indoor Championships: 2018 - 7th (long jump)

World Athletics Championships (youth): 2007 - 14th (long jump), 8th (100m hurdles)

IAAF Continental Cup: 2014 - 4th (long jump)

NACAC Championships (U23): 2012 - GOLD (long jump)

Pan American Championships (junior): 2009 - SILVER (long jump)