Ndiss Kaba Badji’s biography, fact, career, awards, net worth and life story

Intro Athletics competitor
Is Athlete
From Senegal
Type Sports
Gender male

21 September 1983

Age 37 years

Ndiss Kaba Badji (born 21 September 1983) is a Senegalese athlete who competes in the long jump and triple jump. He is the Senegalese record holder for triple jump, with 17.07 metres achieved when he won the 2008 African Championships. He has a personal best long jump of 8.32 metres, achieved in October 2009 in Beirut, helping him to win the silver medal at the 2009 Jeux de la Francophonie.

Early career

Badji won a silver medal at the African Junior Championships in 2001. He then competed at the 2002 World Junior Championships in Kingston, Jamaica. Here, he finished ninth in the triple jump. In the long jump competition he exited in the qualification round with a result of 7.37 metres. He missed the final round by only one centimetre. His personal bests at that time were 7.83 metres in the long jump and 16.30 metres in the triple jump, both achieved in Dakar. Later that season he finished fifth at the African Championships in Athletics. He jumped 7.90, albeit with a wind assistance of 3.6 m/s.

In 2003 he finished fifth at the Universiade and won the silver medal at the All-Africa Games in Abuja. His distance achieved there—7.92 metres—was a new personal best.

International career

Breakthrough and fall

In 2004 Badji broke the 8 metre barrier for the first time, jumping 8.00 metres at an indoor meet in February in Moscow. In March he competed at the World Indoor Championships, albeit without reaching the final. However, he capitalized on his 8.00 m result during the outdoor season. He won a silver medal at the African Championships in July, and on 1 August he jumped 8.20 metres at a high altitude in Sestriere. At the Olympic Games three weeks later, however, he failed to reach the final round.

Then, in an IAAF out-of-competition test conducted in March 2005, Badji tested positive for the illegal substance androstenedione. As a result, he was barred from competing in the sport between June 2005 and May 2007.


Badji returned from his suspension in time for the 2007 season. In June in Algiers he achieved a long jump of 8.11 m. At the All-Africa Games held in the same city one month later he won the triple jump competition, with a new personal best of 16.80 metres. He entered the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, where he finished seventh in the long jump competition. He was the only Senegalese person to reach a final at the 2008 Olympic Games. He was also scheduled to enter in triple jump, but did not actually compete.

In 2008 he improved further. At the African Championships only competed in triple jump, but won the gold medal with a new national record of 17.07 metres. At the Olympic Games in August he finished sixth in the long jump competition with a season’s best of 8.16 metres. Again he also entered in triple jump, but fouled all his jumps. At the 2008 World Athletics Final he finished seventh in the long jump and eighth in the triple jump.

In early 2009 it was announced that Badji had been awarded the Lion d’Or by the newspaper Le Soleil. He was also elected Sportsman of the Year by the Senegalese sports press.

Competition record

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Senegal
2001 African Junior Championships Réduit, Mauritius 4th Long jump 7.08 m
2nd Triple jump 15.09 m
2002 World Junior Championships Kingston, Jamaica 15th (q) Long jump 7.37 m (wind: -1.5 m/s)
9th Triple jump 15.29 m (wind: +0.3 m/s)
African Championships Radès, Tunisia 5th Long jump 7.90 m
2003 All-Africa Games Abuja, Nigeria 2nd Long jump 7.92 m
Afro-Asian Games Hyderabad, India 2nd Long jump 7.86 m
2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 22nd (q) Long jump 7.54 m
African Championships Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo 2nd Long jump 7.86 m
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 27th (q) Long jump 7.74 m
2005 Islamic Solidarity Games Mecca, Saudi Arabia 3rd Long jump 8.02 m
2nd Triple jump 16.34 m
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 7th Long jump 8.01 m
All-Africa Games Algiers, Algeria 5th Long jump 7.84 m
1st Triple jump 16.80 m
2008 African Championships Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 1st Triple jump 17.07 m (NR)
Olympic Games Beijing, China 6th Long jump 8.16 m
Triple jump NM
2009 Universiade Belgrade, Serbia 2nd Long jump 8.19 m (w)
World Championships Berlin, Germany 18th (q) Long jump 7.98 m
Jeux de la Francophonie Beirut, Lebanon 2nd Long jump 8.32 m
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 6th Long jump 7.86 m
African Championships Nairobi, Kenya 2nd Long jump 8.10 m
2011 All-Africa Games Maputo, Mozambique 3rd Long jump 7.83 m
2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 5th Long jump 7.97 m
African Championships Porto Novo, Benin 1st Long jump 8.04 m
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 24th (q) Long jump 7.66 m
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 22nd (q) Long jump 7.62 m
2014 African Championships Marrakech, Morocco 8th Long jump 7.61 m (w)