Françoise Mbango Etone

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Françoise Mbango Etone
Medal record
Women's Athletics
Representing  Cameroon
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2004 Athens Triple jump
Gold medal – first place 2008 Beijing Triple jump
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2001 Edmonton Triple jump
Silver medal – second place 2003 Paris Triple jump

Françoise Mbango Etone (born 14 April 1976 in Yaoundé) is a Cameroonian-born female track and field athlete. She has competed internationally for France since 2010.[1] While competing for Cameroon, Etone was a gold medalist in the triple jump at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. She retained her title with an Olympic record distance of 15.39m at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

She is also a talented long jumper who finished second at the African Championships in 1999 (6.55 m). She is the first athlete representing Cameroon to win medals at the World Championships, Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games. She has been a scholarship holder with the Olympic Solidarity program since November 2002.

During the 2005–06 academic year, she lived in New York City on a scholarship to attend St. John's University in Queens. The scholarship was made possible through the collaboration of the American electricity company AES Sonel along with US Ambassador to Cameroon, Niels Marquardt. She selected St. John's University for study (along with her younger sister, Berthe) because of the school's support of cultural programs in Cameroon.

Competition record

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Cameroon
1996 African Championships Yaoundé, Cameroon 3rd Triple jump 12.51 m
1998 African Championships Dakar, Senegal 2nd Triple jump 13.80 m
Commonwealth Games Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 10th Long jump 6.11 m
2nd Triple jump 13.95 m
1999 World Championships Seville, Spain 13th (q) Triple jump 14.12 m
All-Africa Games Johannesburg, South Africa 2nd Long jump 6.55 m
1st Triple jump 14.70 m
2000 African Championships Algiers, Algeria 1st Triple jump 13.87 m
Olympic Games Sydney 24th (h) 4x100 m relay 45.82
10th Triple jump 13.53 m
2001 Jeux de la Francophonie Ottawa, Canada 2nd Long jump 6.37 m
2nd Triple jump 14.56 m
World Championships Edmonton, Canada 2nd Triple jump 14.60 m
2002 Commonwealth Games Manchester, United Kingdom 2nd Triple jump 14.82 m
African Championships Radès, Tunisia 1st Long jump 6.68 m (w)
1st Triple jump 14.95 m
2003 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 2nd Triple jump 14.88 m
World Championships Paris, France 2nd Triple jump 15.05 m
2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 6th Triple jump 14.62 m
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 1st Triple jump 15.30 m
2008 African Championships Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 1st Triple jump 14.76 m
Olympic Games Beijing, China 1st Triple jump 15.39 m
Representing  France
2012 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 8th Triple jump 14.19 m


  1. "Transfers of Allegiance". IAAF. 19 November 2010. Retrieved 21 November 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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