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2005 World Championships in Athletics Helsinki, Finland

2005 10th IAAF World Championships - Helsinki - Women's Heptathlon

 

 

Host City: Helsinki, Finland  
Dates: 6–14 August 2005  
Nations participating: 196  
Athletes participating: 1,891  
    Main venue: Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Overview by IAAF   Helsinki Olympic Stadium 
Olympic and World Champion Klüft was suffering an ankle injury, while her principle rival Barber was, for once, injury-free. Barber took an expected lead in the opening event, scoring 1133 with her 12.94 into a slight wind (-0.4) while Klüft ran 13.19 (1096). Barber, an excellent high jumper, cleared 1.91, while Klüft, a 1.94 jumper, was restricted to 1.82. The Swede reacted by throwing a lifetime best in the shot with 15.02, while Barber managed 13.20, which reduced the deficit from 153 points to 32. Skujyt, the biggest competitor (1.88/75Kg), led the shot with an excellent 16.61. Curiously Barber and Klüft were seeded in separate races in the 200m, with Barber running 24.01 (-1.0) while Klüft had to deal with a 2.5 headwind when clocking 23.70. Barber now led by two points with 3973, with Sotherton in third after a good 23.94 in the 200m. In the long jump Barber leapt an excellent 6.75, but Klüft reached 6.87. Barber fought back in the javelin, overtaking Klüft’s 47.20 with her last throw of 48.24 to leave the margin at just 18 points.
 Simpson, the smallest competitor at 1.62/53Kg threw a stunning Ghanaian record of 56.36 to move from 10th to third. Barber led Klüft in the 800m until the last 100m, when the Swede got free to edge her 2:08.89 to 2:11.94 and by 63 points in total, with Simpson holding off Skujyt and Sotherton for third. A French protest at Klüft’s first round long jump, which certainly looked to be over the board, was denied, but Klüft’s second best jump of 6.75, worth 40 points less, would still have got her home the winner. Barber in her seventh world heptathlon appearance won her third medal, with the top two repeating the same positions from Paris and Klüft producing a championship best day two score of 2916.
 The Women's Heptathlon at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium on Saturday August 6 and Sunday August 7.
 
  Heptathlon     7 August    
  Final          
1 Carolina Klüft SWE 2 Feb 83 6887    
  13.19/-0.4 1.82 15.02 23.70/-2.5 6.87/0.2 47.20 2:08.89          
2 Eunice Barber FRA 17 Nov 74 6824    
  12.94/-0.4 1.91 13.20 24.01/-1.0 6.75/0.7 48.24 2:11.94          
3 Margaret Simpson GHA 2 Aug 82 6375    
  13.55/-0.4 1.79 13.33 24.94/-1.0 6.09/0.0 56.36 2:17.02          
4 Austra Skujytė LTU 12 Aug 79 6360    
  14.22/-1.2 1.82 16.61 25.31/0.3 6.12/0.8 48.82 2:17.48          
5 Kelly Sotherton GBR 13 Nov 76 6325    
  13.33/-0.4 1.82 13.38 23.94/-2.5 6.41/0.0 33.09 2:07.96          
6 Marie Collonvillé FRA 23 Nov 73 6248    
  13.73/-0.8 1.85 12.36 25.44/-1.4 6.30/1.4 45.65 2:11.74          
7 Naide Gomes POR 20 Nov 79 6189    
  13.88/-2.2 1.79 14.00 25.18/-1.4 6.47/1.3 41.36 2:16.31          
8 Karin Ruckstuhl NED 2 Nov 80 6174    
  13.48/-0.4 1.79 13.19 24.66/-1.0 6.52/0.1 36.84 2:16.17          
9 Nataliya Dobrynska UKR 29 May 82 6144    
  14.02/-0.8 1.85 15.20 25.90/-1.0 5.98/0.5 44.51 2:18.05          
10 Sonja Kesselschläger GER 20 Jan 78 6113    
  13.98/-2.2 1.79 14.04 25.81/-1.4 6.16/-0.3 45.93 2:16.23          
11 Jessica Zelinka CAN 3 Sep 81 6097    
  13.52/-0.4 1.70 13.64 24.13/-1.0 5.82/0.9 42.42 2:11.15          
12 Hyleas Fountain USA 14 Jan 81 6055    
  13.60/-0.4 1.79 11.95 24.60/-2.5 6.50/1.2 40.70 2:22.98          
13 Lilli Schwarzkopf GER 28 Aug 83 5993    
  13.95/-0.8 1.76 12.99 25.68/0.3 5.87/-0.5 46.19 2:12.24          
14 Irina Karpova KAZ 13 Feb 80 5991    
  14.07/-1.2 1.76 13.74 25.24/0.3 6.15/0.6 39.30 2:14.27          
15 Kylie Wheeler AUS 17 Jan 80 5919    
  14.32/-2.2 1.76 12.96 25.12/-2.5 6.18/0.2 37.53 2:12.33          
16 Gi-Gi Johnson USA 12 Jan 79 5911    
  13.45/-2.2 1.70 12.51 24.19/-2.5 5.92/0.8 38.14 2:15.69          
17 Aryiró Stratáki GRE 3 Aug 75 5884    
  13.96/-0.8 1.73 13.05 25.56/-1.4 5.93w/2.2 44.10 2:16.77          
18 Simone Oberer SUI 8 Apr 80 5882    
  13.77/-0.8 1.82 11.96 25.52/-1.4 5.99/1.2 37.39 2:14.02          
19 Magdalena Szczepańska POL 25 Jun 80 5880    
  14.22/-1.2 1.73 14.04 25.96/0.3 5.70w/2.1 46.96 2:15.61          
20 Yuki Nakata JPN 10 Mar 77 5735    
  13.99/-0.8 1.70 11.03 25.58/0.3 6.06/2.0 44.69 2:18.52          
  Karin Ertl GER 23 Jun 74 DNF    
  13.84/-2.2 1.73 13.48 25.03/-1.4 5.67/0.8          
  Janice Josephs RSA 31 Mar 82 DNF    
  13.56/-2.2 1.58 12.06 24.19/-2.5 5.89/0.5          
  Yuliya Akulenko UKR 3 Jun 77 DNF    
  14.42/-1.2 1.64 13.82 25.41/-1.0          
  Juana Castillo DOM 17 Jun 84 DNF    
  14.30/-1.2 1.67 13.09 26.61/-1.4          
  Laurien Bourguignon-Hoos NED 18 Aug 83 DNF    
  13.67/-2.2 1.70          
  Tatsiana Alisevich BLR 22 Jan 69 DNF    
  14.50/-0.8          
- Tiia Hautala FIN   DNS    
             
 100 m hurdles

Event Report - Women Heptathlon Event 1 - 100m Hurdles

Barber takes early Heptathlon lead as Kluft defies injury

There can have been few more impressive-looking second-place finishes on the first morning of the 10th IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Helsinki than that of defending Heptathlon champion, Carolina Kluft in the 100 metres hurdles, the first of her event's seven disciplines.

The 22-year-old Swede, who came to Finland nursing a knee injury and then sprained her ankle in training on Friday, was never going to keep pace over the barriers with Eunice Barber, the 1999 World champion.

But as Barber stormed down the straight with some powerful hurdling, Kluft, after a tentative start and being headed to the halfway point by Britain's Olympic bronze medallist, Kelly Sotherton, Sweden's Olympic gold medallist began a charge that seemed to close some of the gap to her French rival over the final two flights.

Barber duly clocked a season's best 12.94sec for 1133 points, with Kluft, defying any problem with her strapped ankle, crossing the line in 13.19 (1096pts) - only 0.01sec slower than she had clocked when she on the World title in Paris two years ago on her way to her best-ever overall points score.

Sotherton kept British hopes high with her 13.33 (1075), ahead of Karin Ruckstuhl's 13.48.

The other three heats were won by Virginia Miller (USA; 13.45/1056), Irina Naumenko (KAZ; 14.07; 968) and Marie Collonville (FRA; 13.73).

The second event in the heptathlon is the high jump, beginning at 11.20am local time.

Heat 1 06 AUG 2005 10:10 Wind -2.2

POS BIB ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK Points Reaction Time
1 813 Virginia Johnson USA USA 13.45 SB 1058 0.258
2 607 Janice Josephs RSA RSA 13.56 SB 1041 0.159
3 511 Laurien Hoos NED NED 13.67 1026 0.140
4 292 Karin Ertl GER GER 13.84 1001 0.187
5 575 Naide Gomes POR POR 13.88 995 0.160
6 305 Sonja Kesselschläger GER GER 13.98 981 0.191
7 14 Kylie Wheeler AUS AUS 14.32 934 0.162
 

Heat 2 06 AUG 2005 10:18 Wind -1.2

POS BIB ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK Points Reaction Time
1 444 Irina Karpova KAZ KAZ 14.07 SB 968 0.186
2 568 Magdalena Szczepańska POL POL 14.22 947 0.135
3 477 Austra Skujyté LTU LTU 14.22 947 0.143
4 173 Juana Castillo DOM DOM 14.30 936 0.191
5 738 Yuliya Akulenko UKR UKR 14.42 920 0.196
  224 Tiia Hautala FIN FIN DNS   0.000
 

Heat 3 06 AUG 2005 10:26 Wind -0.4

POS BIB ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK Points Reaction Time
1 237 Eunice Barber FRA FRA 12.94 SB 1133 0.191
2 710 Carolina Klüft SWE SWE 13.19 1096 0.134
3 285 Kelly Sotherton GBR GBR 13.33 1075 0.158
4 518 Karin Ruckstuhl NED NED 13.48 1053 0.179
5 103 Jessica Zelinka CAN CAN 13.52 1047 0.162
6 318 Margaret Simpson GHA GHA 13.55 1043 0.165
7 792 Hyleas Fountain USA USA 13.60 1036 0.203
 

Heat 4 06 AUG 2005 10:34 Wind -0.8

POS BIB ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK Points Reaction Time
1 240 Marie Collonvillé FRA FRA 13.73 1017 0.129
2 698 Simone Oberer SUI SUI 13.77 1011 0.140
3 313 Lilli Schwarzkopf GER GER 13.95 985 0.171
4 335 Aryiró Stratáki GRE GRE 13.96 984 0.119
5 437 Yuki Nakata JPN JPN 13.99 980 0.153
6 742 Natallia Dobrynska UKR UKR 14.02 976 0.148
7 40 Tatsiana Alisevich BLR BLR 14.50 909 0.153
High Jump

Event Report - Women Heptathlon Event Two - High Jump

Barber takes charge

Eunice Barber, of France, looked to move closer to regaining the Heptathlon World title after what appeared to be a decisive High Jump in the Olympidc Stadium on the first morning of competition at the 10th IAAF World Championships.

Barber, World champion in 1999, cleared a season's best 1.91m and scored 1119 points, while her main rival, defending champion Carolina Kluft, performed below her usual standard, her best jump of 1.82m giving her a two-event total of 2099, 153 points less than Barber and a formidable margin to break down over the remaining five events.

Britain's Kelly Sotherton maintained her third position overall, also clearing 1.82 for a total tally of 2078, but now only 20 ahead of Marie Collonville, of France, who cleared 1.85 (1041pts).

Nataliya Dobynska, of the Ukraine, put herself into the reckoning for the medals, moving up to sixth place overall after a personal best 1.85 clearance.

The High Jump is the second of the seven events in the  Heptathlon, which is staged over two days, and continues with the shot put and 200 metres later today.

Group A 06 AUG 2005 11:20

POS BIB ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK Points DETAIL 1.61 1.64 1.67 1.70 1.73 1.76 1.79 1.82 1.85 1.88 1.91 1.94
1 237 Eunice Barber FRA FRA 1.91 1119 SB - - - - - O O O O XXO O XXX
2 742 Natallia Dobrynska UKR UKR 1.85 1041 PB - - - O XO O XO XXO XXO XXX    
3 285 Kelly Sotherton GBR GBR 1.82 1003   - - - O O O XO O XXX      
4 477 Austra Skujyté LTU LTU 1.82 1003 SB - O O O O XO XXO O XXX      
5 710 Carolina Klüft SWE SWE 1.82 1003   - - - - O O O XO XXX      
6 518 Karin Ruckstuhl NED NED 1.79 966 SB - - O - O O O XXX        
7 305 Sonja Kesselschläger GER GER 1.79 966 SB - - O O O XO XO XXX        
8 575 Naide Gomes POR POR 1.79 966 SB - - - - O XXO XO XXX        
9 792 Hyleas Fountain USA USA 1.79 966   - - O XXO O O XXO XXX        
9 318 Margaret Simpson GHA GHA 1.79 966   - O O O XO XO XXO XXX        
11 14 Kylie Wheeler AUS AUS 1.76 928   - O O O XO O XXX          
12 313 Lilli Schwarzkopf GER GER 1.76 928   - O XO O XXO O XXX          
13 813 Virginia Johnson USA USA 1.70 855 SB O O O O XXX              
14 511 Laurien Hoos NED NED 1.70 855   - O O XXO XXX              

Group B 06 AUG 2005 11:20

POS BIB ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK Points DETAIL 1.55 1.58 1.61 1.64 1.67 1.70 1.73 1.76 1.79 1.82 1.85 1.88
1 240 Marie Collonvillé FRA FRA 1.85 1041 SB - - - - - O - O O O XXO XXX
2 698 Simone Oberer SUI SUI 1.82 1003 PB - - - - O O O O O XO XXX  
3 444 Irina Karpova KAZ KAZ 1.76 928 SB - - - O - O O XO XXX      
4 568 Magdalena Szczepańska POL POL 1.73 891   - - O O O O O XXX        
5 292 Karin Ertl GER GER 1.73 891   - - - O O O XO XXX        
6 335 Aryiró Stratáki GRE GRE 1.73 891   - - - O O O XXO XXX        
7 437 Yuki Nakata JPN JPN 1.70 855   - - O O O XXO XXX          
8 103 Jessica Zelinka CAN CAN 1.70 855 SB - - O O XXO XXO XXX          
9 173 Juana Castillo DOM DOM 1.67 818   O O XO XXO XO XXX            
10 738 Yuliya Akulenko UKR UKR 1.64 783   - - XO O XXX              
11 607 Janice Josephs RSA RSA 1.58 712   - O XXX                  
  40 Tatsiana Alisevich BLR BLR DNS                            
  224 Tiia Hautala FIN FIN DNS          
Shot Put

Event Report - Women Heptathlon Event 3 - Shot Put

Kluft fights back with lifetime best in Shot Put

It was a shot that out rang around the Worlds: as she waited for the official distance to be announced,Carolina Kluft, the defending World Heptathlon champion, must have bounced up and down on her sore ankle at least 40 times, and when the scoreboard formally announced her personal best 15.02 metres for her first effort in the Shot Put, the Swede leapt with joy, for now a real battle was joined.


Kluft, trailing after two events by 153 points, had just seen her rival, Frenchwoman Eunice Barber, manage a poor 10.63m. The overall points gap was all but closed between these two great multi-eventers.

But Barber, too, is a tremendous competitor, and she demonstrated this in the next two rounds.

As Kluft failed to register another throw, 30-year-old Barber improved her season's best first to 12.93, and then to 13.20m, to score 741pts and an overall total of 2993 - with Sweden's Kluft back in contention on 2961.

"I still feel it is possible to catch Eunice," the 22-year-old Olympic champion said."I just have to keep going."

It was all change behind the two leaders, Lithuania's Austra Skujyte's event-winning 16.61m throw dragging her into the bronze medal position, with a three-event total of 2919, ahead of Nataliya Dobrynska, whose 15.20m earned her 874pts for 2891 and fourth place.

Kelly Sotherton, the Olympic bronze medallist from Britain, slipped to fifth (2831) after a 13.38m best put.

The women will reach the halfway stage in the competition after they have raced 200 metres in tonight's session at the Olympic Stadium.

Group A 06 AUG 2005 14:30

POS BIB ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK Points DETAIL Attempt 1 Attempt 2 Attempt 3
1 568 Magdalena Szczepańska POL POL 14.04 797 PB 13.56 14.04 13.39
2 738 Yuliya Akulenko UKR UKR 13.82 782 SB 13.82 13.31 13.40
3 444 Irina Karpova KAZ KAZ 13.74 777   13.66 13.74 13.59
4 103 Jessica Zelinka CAN CAN 13.64 770 PB 13.64 13.10 13.15
5 292 Karin Ertl GER GER 13.48 759 SB 13.00 13.48 13.28
6 173 Juana Castillo DOM DOM 13.09 733   13.09 12.71 12.87
7 335 Aryiró Stratáki GRE GRE 13.05 731   12.97 12.41 13.05
8 240 Marie Collonvillé FRA FRA 12.36 685   11.91 12.36 X
9 607 Janice Josephs RSA RSA 12.06 665   11.61 11.63 12.06
10 698 Simone Oberer SUI SUI 11.96 658   11.50 11.96 X
11 437 Yuki Nakata JPN JPN 11.03 597   10.19 10.88 11.03
  40 Tatsiana Alisevich BLR BLR DNS          
  224 Tiia Hautala FIN FIN DNS          

Group B 06 AUG 2005 14:30

POS BIB ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK Points DETAIL Attempt 1 Attempt 2 Attempt 3
1 477 Austra Skujyté LTU LTU 16.61 969   15.90 X 16.61
2 742 Natallia Dobrynska UKR UKR 15.20 874   14.59 14.65 15.20
3 710 Carolina Klüft SWE SWE 15.02 862 PB 15.02 X X
4 305 Sonja Kesselschläger GER GER 14.04 797 SB 13.32 13.82 14.04
5 575 Naide Gomes POR POR 14.00 794 SB 13.45 X 14.00
6 285 Kelly Sotherton GBR GBR 13.38 753   13.27 X 13.38
7 318 Margaret Simpson GHA GHA 13.33 749 PB 13.33 12.79 12.97
8 237 Eunice Barber FRA FRA 13.20 741 SB 10.63 12.93 13.20
9 518 Karin Ruckstuhl NED NED 13.19 740   13.01 13.19 12.91
10 313 Lilli Schwarzkopf GER GER 12.99 727   12.74 12.93 12.99
11 14 Kylie Wheeler AUS AUS 12.96 725   12.47 X 12.96
12 813 Virginia Johnson USA USA 12.51 695   12.31 12.25 12.51
13 792 Hyleas Fountain USA USA 11.95 658   X 10.79 11.95
  511 Laurien Hoos NED NED DNS          
200 m

Event Report - Women Heptathlon event 4 - 200m

Illwind blows Barber some good

The first evening session of these 10th World Championships had brought a chill, changeable wind to the Helsinki Olympic Stadium. Bt this ill-wind at least blew some good to Eunice Barber, the overnight leader in the Heptathlon.

When Barber's main rival, Carolina Kluft, Sweden's defending champion, went in the first heat, she knew she had to have the run of her life if she was to make any headway on the Frenchwoman.

And the 22-year-old put in a determined effort to clock 23.70 for 1010 points. But the 2.5mps wind surely took the edge off the Swede's speed, as it surely made Britain's Kelly Sotherton labour in the final stages of her 23.94sec run.

Two heats later, and the wind had dropped before Barber put in a gutsy performance, working the bend very hard to open up a four-metre gap on her opponents, before tying up in the final 15 metres. Barber was clocked at 23.53sec, running into a 1.0mps headwind.

Enough to make a difference? Possibly, as Barber went back to the Athletes' Village with a two-point overnight advantage over Kluft, 3973 to 3971, with Sotherton back into third place, 39 points ahead of Lithuania's Austra Skujyte, whose 25.31sec run had saw her relinquish her podium position.

With the leading three medal contenders all accomplished long jumpers, the first event tomorrow morning is certain to prove critical.

Heat 1 06 AUG 2005 19:20 Wind -2.5

POS BIB ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK Points Reaction Time
1 710 Carolina Klüft SWE SWE 23.70 1010 0.153
2 285 Kelly Sotherton GBR GBR 23.94 986 0.164
3 607 Janice Josephs RSA RSA 24.19 963 0.158
4 813 Virginia Johnson USA USA 24.19 963 0.219
5 792 Hyleas Fountain USA USA 24.60 924 0.277
6 14 Kylie Wheeler AUS AUS 25.12 876 0.170
  511 Laurien Hoos NED NED DNS   0.000
 

Heat 2 06 AUG 2005 19:27 Wind +0.3

POS BIB ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK Points Reaction Time
1 444 Irina Karpova KAZ KAZ 25.24 SB 865 0.183
2 477 Austra Skujyté LTU LTU 25.31 859 0.152
3 437 Yuki Nakata JPN JPN 25.58 834 0.187
4 313 Lilli Schwarzkopf GER GER 25.68 825 0.148
5 568 Magdalena Szczepańska POL POL 25.96 801 0.162
  224 Tiia Hautala FIN FIN DNS   0.000
 

Heat 3 06 AUG 2005 19:34 Wind -1.0

POS BIB ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK Points Reaction Time
1 237 Eunice Barber FRA FRA 24.01 SB 980 0.163
2 103 Jessica Zelinka CAN CAN 24.13 968 0.162
3 518 Karin Ruckstuhl NED NED 24.66 918 0.223
4 318 Margaret Simpson GHA GHA 24.94 892 0.172
5 738 Yuliya Akulenko UKR UKR 25.41 850 0.171
6 742 Natallia Dobrynska UKR UKR 25.90 806 0.194
  40 Tatsiana Alisevich BLR BLR DNS   0.000
 

Heat 4 06 AUG 2005 19:41 Wind -1.4

POS BIB ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK Points Reaction Time
1 292 Karin Ertl GER GER 25.03 SB 884 0.170
2 575 Naide Gomes POR POR 25.18 870 0.169
3 240 Marie Collonvillé FRA FRA 25.44 847 0.145
4 698 Simone Oberer SUI SUI 25.52 840 0.123
5 335 Aryiró Stratáki GRE GRE 25.56 836 0.133
6 305 Sonja Kesselschläger GER GER 25.81 814 0.172
7 173 Juana Castillo DOM DOM 26.61 745 0.239
 
Long Jump

Event Report - Women Heptathlon Event 5 Long Jump

Barber gets the jump on her rivals

Two points down on Eunice Barber overnight, Carolina Kluft came out fighting this morning with a 6.87-metre first-round Long Jump, a season's best, that roused the morning crowd here and defied any lingering doubts about her injured left ankle.

That leap represented a 73-point turnaround against the Frenchwoman's own first round-jump. But, true to form, in the second round Barber battled back, jumping 10cm further with a season's best of her own, 6.75m.

It meant that Kluft still took the lead, but by just 38 points - 5100 to 5062 - going into the final two events, the javelin and 800 metres, as the momentum again swung back to Barber, the 1999 World champion, whose javelin best is some five metres better than Sweden's defending champion.

Behind the two principals, the fight for bronze became ever tighter as Britain's Kelly Sotherton underperformed in her best event, failing to maximise her score with a jump of 6.41 (978pts).

The Olympic bronze medallist's five-event total of 4795 was 104 better than Karin Ruckstuhl, of the Netherlands, whose 6.52m jump scored 1014pts. Also in the hunt was Lithuania's Austra Skujyte, a noted javelin thrower, who lay fifth after the long jump (6.12/887pts) on 4665.

The Heptathlon's 800m later today will see the introduction of an innovation to assist multi-event spectators, with a new system of identification for the leaders.

The leading eight athletes will wear a number indicating their position prior to the last event: it could be that after the Javelin, Barber will be wearing the No1.

Group A 07 AUG 2005 12:05

POS BIB ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK Wind Points DETAIL Attempt 1 Attempt 2 Attempt 3
1 710 Carolina Klüft SWE SWE 6.87 +0.2 1129 SB 6.87 +0.2 6.75 +0.3 X +0.5
2 237 Eunice Barber FRA FRA 6.75 +0.7 1089 SB 6.65 +1.3 6.75 +0.7 6.69 +2.4
3 518 Karin Ruckstuhl NED NED 6.52 +0.1 1014   6.52 +0.1 6.42 +1.7 X +1.7
4 792 Hyleas Fountain USA USA 6.50 +1.2 1007   X +0.6 X +1.8 6.50 +1.2
5 575 Naide Gomes POR POR 6.47 +1.3 997   X +0.6 6.47 +1.3 X +0.2
6 285 Kelly Sotherton GBR GBR 6.41 0.0 978   6.41 +0.0 6.33 -0.1 5.08 +0.9
7 14 Kylie Wheeler AUS AUS 6.18 +0.2 905   X +3.7 6.18 +0.2 6.14 +0.8
8 305 Sonja Kesselschläger GER GER 6.16 -0.3 899   6.06 -0.5 6.15 +0.4 6.16 -0.3
9 477 Austra Skujyté LTU LTU 6.12 +0.8 887   X +2.5 6.12 +0.8 5.94 +0.5
10 318 Margaret Simpson GHA GHA 6.09 0.0 877   6.05 -0.9 6.09 +1.0 6.09 +0.0
11 742 Natallia Dobrynska UKR UKR 5.98 +0.5 843   X +1.3 X +1.2 5.98 +0.5
12 813 Virginia Johnson USA USA 5.92 +0.8 825 SB X +0.4 5.92 +0.8 5.84 +0.7
13 313 Lilli Schwarzkopf GER GER 5.87 -0.5 810   X -0.3 5.87 -0.5 X +0.3
  511 Laurien Hoos NED NED DNS            

Group B 07 AUG 2005 12:05

POS BIB ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK Wind Points DETAIL Attempt 1 Attempt 2 Attempt 3
1 240 Marie Collonvillé FRA FRA 6.30 +1.4 943 SB 6.30 +1.5 6.30 +1.4 6.27 -0.6
2 444 Irina Karpova KAZ KAZ 6.15 +0.6 896 SB 6.08 +0.2 6.15 +0.6 X +1.1
3 437 Yuki Nakata JPN JPN 6.06 +2.0 868   6.02 +1.2 5.89 +0.4 6.06 +2.0
4 698 Simone Oberer SUI SUI 5.99 +1.2 846   X +2.7 X +1.2 5.99 +1.2
5 335 Aryiró Stratáki GRE GRE 5.93 +2.2 828   5.93 +2.2 X +0.6 X +1.3
6 607 Janice Josephs RSA RSA 5.89 +0.5 816   5.89 +0.5 5.51 +0.2 5.87 +1.4
7 103 Jessica Zelinka CAN CAN 5.82 +0.9 795   5.71 +2.2 5.82 +0.9 X +0.9
8 568 Magdalena Szczepańska POL POL 5.70 +2.1 759   5.70 +2.1 X +1.4 5.47 +3.1
9 292 Karin Ertl GER GER 5.67 +0.8 750   X -0.1 3.95 -0.6 5.67 +0.8
  224 Tiia Hautala FIN FIN DNS            
  173 Juana Castillo DOM DOM DNS            
  738 Yuliya Akulenko UKR UKR DNS            
  40 Tatsiana Alisevich BLR BLR DNS      
Javelin Throw

Event Report - Women Heptathlon Event 6 Javelin Throw

Kluft edges ahead in sight of the finish
 
One of the finest multi-event contests even witnessed, between Carolina Kluft and Eunice Barber, continued well into the penultimate event of the Heptathlon, the Javelin, as first one of the champions seemed to gain an advantage, only for the other to respond in typically competitive style.

Once again, Kluft, the reigning Olympic and World champion, put down the first marker, throwing a season's best 47.20m for 806pts.

Then Barber came back with a 48.24m effort in the third round, worth 826pts. It sets up an intriguing 800-metre race, with Kluft - acknowledged as the faster middle distance runner - having an 18-point six-event score, 5906 to 5888.

African champion Margaret Simpson's best ever Javelin throw in a Heptathlon, 56.36 metres, represented a massive advance up the standings for the Ghanaian, who moved into the bronze medal, boosted by her 984 Javelin points, to 5511.

As Kelly Sotherton's challenge continued to disintegrate, her 33.09m throw worth just 535pts, she slipped to fifth place on 5330.

It sets up an intriguing four-way race in the 800m for the bronze medal, involving Simpson, the Briton, Portugal's Naide Gomes (41.36/693/5315), and Lithuania's Austra Skujyte.

After the Javelin, Skuujyte (48.82/837/5502) moved to fourth place, overall just nine points behind Simpson, but 172pts ahead of Sotherton, who would need to run close to or better than her 2min 10sec best 800m time to overtake her rivals and claim a medal.

Group A 07 AUG 2005 13:55

POS BIB ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK Points DETAIL Attempt 1 Attempt 2 Attempt 3
1 318 Margaret Simpson GHA GHA 56.36 984 PB 51.90 56.36 50.17
2 477 Austra Skujyté LTU LTU 48.82 837 SB 46.14 43.08 48.82
3 237 Eunice Barber FRA FRA 48.24 826   47.94 45.64 48.24
4 710 Carolina Klüft SWE SWE 47.20 806 SB 40.86 47.20 40.01
5 313 Lilli Schwarzkopf GER GER 46.19 786   46.19 45.35 45.01
6 305 Sonja Kesselschläger GER GER 45.93 781 PB 45.93 39.21 41.24
7 742 Natallia Dobrynska UKR UKR 44.51 754 SB 40.04 44.51 39.42
8 575 Naide Gomes POR POR 41.36 693   37.29 X 41.36
9 792 Hyleas Fountain USA USA 40.70 681   X 36.10 40.70
10 813 Virginia Johnson USA USA 38.14 632   35.90 35.48 38.14
11 14 Kylie Wheeler AUS AUS 37.53 620 SB 32.85 34.73 37.53
12 518 Karin Ruckstuhl NED NED 36.84 607   35.43 36.84 32.21
13 285 Kelly Sotherton GBR GBR 33.09 535   X 30.84 33.09
  511 Laurien Hoos NED NED DNS          

Group B 07 AUG 2005 15:15

POS BIB ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK Points DETAIL Attempt 1 Attempt 2 Attempt 3
1 568 Magdalena Szczepańska POL POL 46.96 801   41.91 46.96 X
2 240 Marie Collonvillé FRA FRA 45.65 776 SB 45.65 44.05 42.46
3 437 Yuki Nakata JPN JPN 44.69 757 SB 41.37 42.27 44.69
4 335 Aryiró Stratáki GRE GRE 44.10 746 SB 41.59 44.10 43.37
5 103 Jessica Zelinka CAN CAN 42.42 714   41.79 42.42 -
6 444 Irina Karpova KAZ KAZ 39.30 654   39.30 38.52 39.11
7 698 Simone Oberer SUI SUI 37.39 617   X X 37.39
  173 Juana Castillo DOM DOM DNS          
  607 Janice Josephs RSA RSA DNS          
  292 Karin Ertl GER GER DNS          
  40 Tatsiana Alisevich BLR BLR DNS          
  224 Tiia Hautala FIN FIN DNS          
  738 Yuliya Akulenko UKR UKR DNS    
800 m

Sensational duel

Carolina Kluft celebrates winning gold in the women's Heptathlon

In the days leading up to the best Heptathlon duel in history, it was impossible to decide. Would Carolina Klüft overcome an injury to retain her title or would Eunice Barber turn back the clock to regain the gold medal she had won six years earlier? At 8.37pm in the Olympic Stadium, the answer was provided by a scintillating race.

For nearly two days at the 10th IAAF World Championships in Athletics, we had seen the best two multi-eventers in the world at their peak from the manner they were outshining each other.

But here, as they prepared for the 800m, the final event of seven, they were separated by only 18 points. Klüft was in lane five - with a better time by nine hundreths of a second - from Barber on her outside in six and all that mattered now was who would be ahead of the other.

They did not even have to finish first - which they did not as the race was won by Britain’s Kelly Sotherton - but what was happening behind her was the real story.

In fact, it was a sensational story.

Barber had only one option: she had to go for it. The television camera panned in on her when her name was announced to the crowd and she gave a cheeky wink. She had nothing to lose.

As the gun fired, Sotherton, the Briton who was third in last summer’s Olympics but finished fifth overall here, took the lead. But Barber moved quickly into second.

All the time she was looking at the giant screens to see where Klüft was. She was in fourth and then third and on the second lap was growing ever closer. With 200m to go, she passed Barber and the gold medal was decided.

Sotherton won in 2:07.96, from Klüft, second in 2:08.89, with Barber fourth in 2:11.94.

The Swede had won by 63 points, with 6887, from Barber with 6824, but from all her actions, her words summed up it. Within seconds she was interviewed trackside, and she just said: “I don’t even know what to say after that race...?
It was probably impossible to describe because no predictions beforehand would have produced a Heptathlon competition like this one.

Sport is all about true rivalry. The intensity of a boxing match is always the greater when the two opponents are the best there is and here, we had the ultimate unification match in athletics.

Klüft is the Olympic and European champion, the third best ever athlete behind the legendary American Jackie Joyner-Kersee, who used to pretend she was competing against a visionary opponent who was better than her - just to drive her on.

Klüft did not need that. Her rival Barber topped the world season’s list before the competition began and almost 30 hours after they first stepped on the track together, they could hardly be separated and overnight, Barber led by just two points.

But Barber is the defending Long Jump World Champion, yet today’s first event was decided in the first round and not the way we might have expected.

Barber jumped 6.65m but Klüft responded with a sucker-punch - 6.87m, a season’s best. Barber then cleared 6.75m and 6.69m but the Swedish star was in the lead for the first time, by 38 points with 5100.

In the Javelin, whatever Klüft did, Barber improved upon this time. Barber’s final throw of 48.24m saw her finish third in the group, a place ahead of Klüft who delivered a season’s best in the second round with 47.20m.

While neither of them could compete with Ghanaian Margaret Simpson, whose 56.36m Javelin Throw was a national record to take her into third place which she maintained to win bronze, the difference was now 18 points between the top two.

A five-hour wait was ahead before the clock reac hed 8.37pm and just over two minutes later Klüft was the champion again.

Samuel Peters for the IAAF

Heat 1 07 AUG 2005 20:18

POS BIB ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK Points
1 14 Kylie Wheeler AUS AUS 2:12.33 931
2 698 Simone Oberer SUI SUI 2:14.02 907
3 568 Magdalena Szczepańska POL POL 2:15.61 884
4 813 Virginia Johnson USA USA 2:15.69 SB 883
5 335 Aryiró Stratáki GRE GRE 2:16.77 PB 868
6 437 Yuki Nakata JPN JPN 2:18.52 844
 

Heat 2 07 AUG 2005 20:26

POS BIB ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK Points
1 103 Jessica Zelinka CAN CAN 2:11.15 PB 948
2 313 Lilli Schwarzkopf GER GER 2:12.24 932
3 444 Irina Karpova KAZ KAZ 2:14.27 SB 903
4 305 Sonja Kesselschläger GER GER 2:16.23 875
5 742 Natallia Dobrynska UKR UKR 2:18.05 SB 850
6 792 Hyleas Fountain USA USA 2:22.98 783
 

Heat 3 07 AUG 2005 20:34

POS BIB ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK Points
1 285 Kelly Sotherton GBR GBR 2:07.96 PB 995
2 710 Carolina Klüft SWE SWE 2:08.89 PB 981
3 240 Marie Collonvillé FRA FRA 2:11.74 SB 939
4 237 Eunice Barber FRA FRA 2:11.94 SB 936
5 518 Karin Ruckstuhl NED NED 2:16.17 876
6 575 Naide Gomes POR POR 2:16.31 PB 874
7 318 Margaret Simpson GHA GHA 2:17.02 PB 864
8 477 Austra Skujyté LTU LTU 2:17.48 SB 858

Overall results

Points table after 7th event

Rank Athlete Overall points 100 mh HJ SP 200 m LJ JT 800 m
1 Carolina Klüft
 Sweden
6887 (SB) 1096 pts
13.19 s
1003
1.82
862
15.02
1010
23.70
1129
6.87
806
47.20
981
2:08.89
2 Eunice Barber
 France
6824 1133 pts
12.94 s
1119
1.91
741
13.20
980
24.01
1089
6.75
826
48.24
936
2:11.94
3 Margaret Simpson
 Ghana
6375 1043 pts
13.55 s
966
1.79
749
13.33
892
24.94
877
6.09
984
56.36
864
2:17.02
4 Austra Skujytė
 Lithuania
6360 947 pts
14.22 s
1003
1.82
969
16.61
859
25.31
887
6.12
837
48.82
858
2:17.48
5 Kelly Sotherton
 Great Britain
6325 1075 pts
13.33 s
1003
1.82
753
13.38
986
23.94
978
6.41
535
33.09
995
2:07.96
6 Marie Collonvillé
 France
6248 (SB) 1017 pts
13.73 s
1041
1.85
685
12.36
847
25.44
943
6.30
776
45.65
939
2:11.74
7 Naide Gomes
 Portugal
6189 995 pts
13.88 s
966
1.79
794
14.00
870
25.18
997
6.47
693
41.36
874
2:16.31
8 Karin Ruckstuhl
 Netherlands
6174 1053 pts
13.48 s
966
1.79
740
13.19
918
24.66
1014
6.52
607
36.84
876
2:16.17
9 Nataliya Dobrynska
 Ukraine
6144 976 pts
14.02 s
1041
1.85
874
15.20
806
25.90
843
5.98
754
44.51
850
2:18.05
10 Sonja Kesselschläger
 Germany
6113 981 pts
13.98 s
966
1.79
797
14.04
814
25.81
899
6.16
781
45.93
875
2:16.23
11 Jessica Zelinka
 Canada
6097 1047 pts
13.52 s
855
1.70
770
13.64
968
24.13
795
5.82
714
42.42
948
2:11.15
12 Hyleas Fountain
 United States
6055 1036 pts
13.60 s
966
1.79
658
11.95
924
24.60
1007
6.50
681
40.70
783
2:22.98
13 Lilly Schwarzkopf
 Germany
5993 985 pts
13.95 s
928
1.76
727
12.99
825
25.68
810
5.87
786
46.19
932
2:12.24
14 Irina Naumenko
 Kazakhstan
5991 968 pts
14.07 s
928
1.76
777
13.74
865
25.24
896
6.15
654
39.30
903
2:14.27
15 Kylie Wheeler
 Australia
5919 934 pts
14.32 s
928
1.76
725
12.96
876
25.12
905
6.18
620
37.53
931
2:12.33
16 Virginia Johnson
 United States
5911 1058 pts
13.45 s
855
1.70
695
12.51
963
24.19
825
5.92
632
38.14
883
2:15.69
17 Aryiro Strataki
 Greece
5884 984 pts
13.96 s
891
1.73
731
13.05
836
25.56
828
5.93
746
44.10
868
2:16.77
18 Simone Oberer
  Switzerland
5882 1011 pts
13.77 s
1003
1.82
658
11.96
840
25.52
846
5.99
617
37.39
907
2:14.02
19 Magdalena Szczepańska
 Poland
5880 947 pts
14.22 s
891
1.73
797
14.04
801
25.96
759
5.70
801
46.96
884
2:15.61
20 Yuki Nakata
 Japan
5735 980 pts
13.99 s
855
1.70
597
11.03
834
25.58
868
6.06
757
44.69
844
2:18.52
  Karin Ertl
 Germany
DNF 1001 pts
13.84 s
891
1.73
759
13.48
884
25.03
750
5.67
 
 
 
 
  Janice Josephs
 South Africa
DNF 1041 pts
13.56 s
712
1.58
665
12.06
963
24.19
816
5.89
 
 
 
 
  Yuliya Akulenko
 Ukraine
DNF 920 pts
14.42 s
783
1.64
782
13.82
850
25.41
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Juana Castillo
 Dominican Republic
DNF 936 pts
14.30 s
818
1.67
733
13.09
745
26.61
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Laurien Hoos
 Netherlands
DNF 1026 pts
13.67 s
855
1.70
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Tatsiana Alisevich
 Belarus
DNF 909 pts
14.50 s
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Tiia Hautala
 Finland
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