Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, May 4, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category The 2000 Olympics) for Monday, May 4, 2020 (Season 20, Episode 193):

She’s the first female track & field athlete to win medals in 5 different events at a single Olympics

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Julia Lazarus, a fundraiser from New York, New York
Julia Lazarus on Jeopardy!
Ken Jennings, a software engineer from Salt Lake City, Utah
Ken Jennings on Jeopardy! (in 2004).
Jerry Harvey, a freelance educator originally from California, Missouri (2-day total: $70,002)
Jerry Harvey on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Marion Jones?

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Prior to Marion Jones being disqualified in 2007 due to her admission of steroid use, with her medals being stripped by the IOC, she had won three gold and two bronze medals at the Sydney Olympics, with the golds coming in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and 4×400 meter relay and the bronze medals in the long jump and 4×100 meter relay. At the time of the Sydney games, her then-husband, shot putter C.J Hunter, had failed four pre-Olympics drug tests. In December 2004, just days after Ken Jennings’ winning streak ended, BALCO’s Victor Conte said on ABC’s 20/20 that he had personally given performance-enhancing drugs to Jones. (BALCO is also infamous in the baseball world as being the supplier of the supplements used by Barry Bonds.)

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Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Tonight’s results are below!

Scores going into Final:
Ken $20,000
Julia $18,600
Jerry $7,400

Tonight’s results:
Jerry $7,400 + $1 = $7,401 (Who is Marion Jones?)
Julia $18,600 – $3,799 = $14,801 (Who is Gail)
Ken $20,000 + $17,201 = $37,201 (Who Is Jones?) (1-day total: $37,201)

Ken Jennings, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 4, 2020 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Ken $8,000
Julia $4,800
Jerry $1,800

Opening break taken after: 16 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) BIOGRAPHY SUBTITLES $800 (clue #10)
Jerry 1800 -1800 (Ken 2600 Julia 0)
2) VOCABULARY $1600 (clue #4)
Ken 10000 +2000 (Jerry 600 Julia 5200)
3) ACTRESSES & PLAYWRIGHTS $1200 (clue #8)
Julia 6000 +5000 (Jerry 1000 Ken 14000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 3

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0

Game Stats:
Ken $19,600 Coryat, 27 correct, 3 incorrect, 47.37% in first on buzzer (27/57), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Julia $14,800 Coryat, 16 correct, 0 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Jerry $9,200 Coryat, 14 correct, 4 incorrect, 24.56% in first on buzzer (14/57), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $43,600
Lach Trash: $2,000 (on 2 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,400

Jerry Harvey, career statistics:
57 correct, 6 incorrect
2/3 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
33.33% in first on buzzer (55/165)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $8,200)
3/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,600

Ken Jennings, career statistics:
28 correct, 3 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
47.37% in first on buzzer (27/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,600

Julia Lazarus, career statistics:
16 correct, 1 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $5,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $14,800

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21 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Monday, May 4, 2020"

  1. And the legend begins.

    This is off topic, but Jeopardy related. For Buzzy Cohen fans, he will be on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire as a helper, Thursday night on ABC. Millionaire is doing a celebrity series where they play for their favorite charity. The celebs get to bring the “smartest person they know” to help with questions through the $32K level. Comedian/actor Hannibal Buress has brought Buzzy to help him. Pretty good person to have your back on a trivia show.

  2. John McCleary | May 4, 2020 at 9:31 am |

    I know that Ken wins this game with $37,201 but I’ll just say that Jerry’s 2-day total is very impressive. Almost James Holzhauer level if you ask me. (Even though James had $82,606 in 2 days)

  3. R. B. Smada | May 4, 2020 at 10:21 am |

    What if Ken really didn’t know the answer and just pulled out a random last name?

    • As I’ve heard many times as a baseball fan: It all counts the same in the boxscore…

      • but alex has asked for contestants to be more specific on last names many times……

        i thought it shouldn’t have counted………. but hey, it’s not my show

        • I disagree.

          Alex generally only asks in cases where there is more than one person in a field who might fit the category.

          In 2004, there was only one female track star last name Jones. Lolo Jones wasn’t relevant for another four years.

    • Kevin S. | May 4, 2020 at 3:40 pm |

      Jennings talks about it in his book “Brainiac.” He says that taping stopped for several minutes before the reveal while the judges researched and discussed.

      They evidently decided to allow it since they could not find another female gold medalist with the same surname.

      Jennings also says after the show Alex Trebek “growled” at him, something like “You couldn’t come up with a first name?”

      • Vader47000 | May 5, 2020 at 3:50 am |

        Yeah, just imagine the course of events had they ruled him not specific enough. History often swerves on details that at the time seem almost insignificant.

  4. Bob Chang | May 4, 2020 at 1:07 pm |

    Agreed! Still how many potentially great champions never had a chance to prove themselves because of the one loss and done rule. A tournament with the best 15 contestants who played very well but lost to a great champ like Ken or James would be of interest.

    • Frank Smith | May 4, 2020 at 5:04 pm |

      I would watch a tournament like that. Remember that former contestants can try out for the show again once Alex leaves.

  5. John E Lindros | May 4, 2020 at 3:01 pm |

    Jeopardy James will be on The Chase this Friday May 8. Can he beat The Beast?? Enjoy!

  6. freddie leonard | May 4, 2020 at 3:33 pm |

    Looks like Ken may have lucked out in this one. Jones is a very common last name

    • Brian Green | May 4, 2020 at 6:08 pm |

      I see someone who’s still upset that Ken beat James by 63,000 points in the GOAT tournament and are looking for something to diminish his accomplishments.

      Thousands of contestants write down or mention the last name of a person and are instantly ruled correct. It’s nothing new. Alex will even finish pronouncing the first name for the contestant unless they’re asked to be more specific or clear or whatnot. Really not worth fighting anymore. May as well take the loss and move on.

      • Jim Fryza | May 6, 2020 at 11:59 pm |

        I see someone is trying to make the GOAT tournament into a blow out which it was not. James and Ken were very evenly matched and they know that daily doubles and final jeopardy are very crucial in winning. As a reminder here are the tournament stats. Cumulative Tournament Stats:
        Ken 146,000 Coryat, 179 correct, 13 incorrect, 37.50% in first on buzzer, 11/13 on rebound attempts (on 20 rebound opportunities)
        James 141,800 Coryat, 188 correct, 14 incorrect, 41.45% in first on buzzer, 6/7 on rebound attempts (on 18 rebound opportunities)
        Brad 61,400 Coryat, 81 correct, 14 incorrect, 17.11% in first on buzzer, 7/7 on rebound attempts (on 22 rebound opportunities)
        Combined Coryat Score: 349,200
        Lach Trash: 34,200(on 24 Triple Stumpers)
        Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): 48,600

  7. Almost unbelievable that almost 16 years have gone by……

    • Brian Green | May 4, 2020 at 7:34 pm |

      Ken might still be going to this very day if he didn’t make a mistake in Daily Double wagering in the Double Jeopardy round when he bet large amounts after having a big lead, where he could have wagered the minimum 5 dollars and got both Daily Doubles wrong and the game still would have ended in a runaway, rendering his incorrect Final Jeopardy response meaningless. He went in the $5,000 range instead.

      Unlike James, Ken never trailed going into Final in his entire 75-game run. If he had the right presence of mind, he could’ve easily won over 100 contests.

  8. Ken was very good here but not as good as he can be, maybe rookie jitters. He was much faster in later games, well the other two players were good too. Ken was impressed with Julia.

  9. R. Chaber | May 5, 2020 at 12:23 am |

    If Ken bet what he bet and got the answer wrong, he never would have had the chance to appear for 75 games and become the Greatest of All Time.

    There’s a lesson there about how the smallest events in life can make the biggest difference.

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