Niki Xanthou

Long jump Athens 1997 World Championships in Athletics
Niki Xanthou
Personal information
Born (1973-10-11) 11 October 1973 (age 46)
Country Greece
Event(s)Long jump
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)7.03 m, 6.91 m (i)

Niki Xanthou (Greek: Νίκη Ξάνθου, [ˈnici ˈksanθu], born 11 October 1973 in Rhodes) is a Greek long jumper.

Xanthou set nine national records in long jump during her career. Her personal best, and national record, is 7.03 metres, achieved in August 1997 in Bellinzona. At the age of 22 she gave an impressive performance in the Olympic games final in Atlanta, in which she took the 4th place with 6.97 m.

She won the Mediterranean Games of 1997 in Bari and the European under 23 Cup in 1994. The greatest achievements in her career were the second place in the 1997 World Championships in Athens and the gold medal in 2002 European Indoor Championships in Vienna.


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Greece
1992 World Junior Championships Seoul, South Korea 8th 6.03 m (wind: -0.9 m/s)
1994 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 10th 6.44 m (wind: -0.1 m/s)
1995 World Indoor Championships Barcelona, Spain 9th 6.51 m
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 4th 6.97 m
1997 World Indoor Championships Paris, France 5th 6.69 m
World Championships Athens, Greece 2nd 6,94 m
Mediterranean Games Bari, Italy 1st 6.72 m CR
1998 European Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 5th 6.55 m
Goodwill Games Uniondale, United States 3rd 6.83 m
1999 World Indoor Championships Maebashi, Japan 4th 6.65 m
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 17th (q) 6.50 m
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 6th 6.76 m
2002 European Indoor Championships Vienna, Austria 1st 6.74 m
2003 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, England 5th 6.47 m
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 32nd (q) 6.31 m