At the Olympic Games 2000 in Sydney and 2004 in Athens, she won the silver medal each. At the 2001 World Championships in Edmonton and 2003 in Paris, she was in each world champion. Her victory in Paris, she brought with 2.06 near the world record of Stefka Kostadinowa, what is the existing Africa record simultaneously. The IAAF she recorded in 2003 as the world track and field athlete of the year.
The 1.85 m tall athlete (competitive weight: 68 kg) was one of the colorful personalities of the athletics scene. She smoked a pack of cigarettes a day, ate what they liked and did yet for years of performance.
The break, which they took after the 2004 Olympics, to bring a child into the world, proved to be a permanent farewell to the sport. In the fall of 2004 she became pregnant, but lost her child. Shortly after she divorced from her husband. In 2005 she married the singer Jurie Els in 2007 and has a daughter.