Zita Ajkler

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Zita Ajkler competes at the 1998. European Athletics Championships in Budapest

Zita Ajkler (born June 9, 1975) is a Hungarian long jumper. She is all 16X times Hungarian national champion in long jump, triple jump, heptathlon and 100-meter hurdles. Her personal best is 676 cm in long jump and 13.99 m in triple jump (the national record is 14.00 m), 13.75 s in 100-meter hurdles (wind-1.2), 8.35 s in 60-meter hurdles, and 5323 points in heptathlon.

She jumped pole vault just for fun, achieved 360 cm in training after 3 months practice, but never competed in this event. Her first big achievement was in 1998, Budapest at the European Athletics Championships where she was surprisingly 6th with PB 664 cm. Then repeated this 6th place in Vienna, at the indoor ECh in 2002. She competed at two Olympic Games: Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 but did not reach the final.

She competed three times at World University Games - Universiade, 1999. Mallorca, 2001. Beijing, 2003. Daegu (long jump, triple jump and 4X100-meter relay in all competition). She was in the final (in the best 8) in all events. Her best result was 3rd in 2003. Daegu, S-Korea in long jump. The worst result was 7th place in 2001, Beijing at triple jump.

In 2004. before the Games she injured her left (the take off leg) foot and couldn't recover for 18 months. After she started again to train in 2005.autumn, 4 days before the 1st competition she broke her right ankle (triple jump take off leg) in January 2006. She couldn't return with full health after two surgeries at the end of 2007, but after all tried to reach the Olympic qualification level in 2008. what was 665 cm. Jumped only 645 cm and didn't reach the standard, so missed her third Olympics.

Ajkler working as a commentator at the 2010 European Athletics Championships.

In 2010. she won European Masters Championships in Nyíregyháza in triple jump and was 2nd in long jump. She is retired but returned and competed for last time in 2014. March at the indoor World Masters Championships in Budapest. First she won the triple jump then the long jump too. After this she finished her sport career as a track and field athlete.

Now she's working at sport TV channel Eurosport in Hungary. She is a commentator for track and field, figure skating and extreme sports. She is also a physical conditioning-coordination coach, helping the national women's sabre team.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Hungary
1998 European Championships Budapest, Hungary 6th Long jump 6.64 m
1999 Universiade Palma de Mallorca, Spain 5th Long jump 6.46 m
2000 European Indoor Championships Ghent, Belgium 12th (q) Long jump 6.29 m
Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 24th (q) Long jump 6.36 m
2001 Universiade Beijing, China 4th Long jump 6.51 m
7th Triple jump 13.69 m
2002 European Indoor Championships Vienna, Austria 6th Long jump 6.48 m
21st (q) Triple jump 13.34 m
European Championships Munich, Germany 15th (q) Long jump 6.16 m
2003 Universiade Daegu, South Korea 3rd Long jump 6.38 m
6th Triple jump 13.42 m
2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 16th (q) Long jump 6.44 m
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 26th (q) Long jump 6.39 m
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 23rd (q) Triple jump 12.42 m

Personal bests[edit]

  • Long jump - 6.76 m (2004)
  • Triple jump - 13.99 m (2002)