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1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles - Women's Heptathlon



Host City: Los Angeles, United States Format: Scoring by 1962/1977 point tables.
Date Started: August 3, 1984  
Date Finished: August 4, 1984  
(Competitors: 23; Countries: 13)  
    Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Overview by IAAF    1984_olympic_stadium.jpg
In the absence of the top GDR and USSR stars, as well as Jane Frederick, the best American, who was injured at the US Trials, Joyner was favourite. Although eighth after two events, she was in with a chance after a fine 14.39 in the shot which allied with a good 200m (24.05), meant that she was only 20 points behind Simpson at the end of the first day, while Nunn and Everts were within 18 points of the American. Joyner’s best event was the long jump, but two fouls left her with a safe effort of 6.11 to make, and this was the difference between gold and silver. A jump in the 6.70 region would have meant a win by 120 points. Instead, Nunn brilliantly reached her lifetime best of 6.66, and was 109 points ahead of the American, though one point behind Everts. Nunn threw only 35.58 in the javelin, but Everts was even more inept, reaching a mere 32.62. In the 800m Nunn set her fourth pb of the event, to come home just five points ahead of Joyner, with Everts a close third, just 27 points away from gold.
Summary by      
Ramona Neubert (GDR) had won the 1982 European and the 1983 World Championships. At the 1983 World Championships, East German women had swept the medals. But with the Soviet-led boycott in 1984, the top heptathletes from the GDR and the USSR could not compete and this competition was wide open. The next best mult-eventer was America's Jane Frederick , but she was injured at the Olympic Trials and did not make the team. The first day leader was Britain's Judy Simpson, with 3,759 points, with Jackie Joyner, Glynis Nunn and Sabine Everts within 38 points of her. Joyner was a world-class long jumper, but she failed her first two efforts in that event, and had to settle for a safe 6.11 (20-0½) on her third attempt. That ended up being the margin of victory as Nunn moved up with 6.66 (21-10¼), but Everts led her after five events by one point. Among the leaders, Joyner had the best javelin throw with 44.52 (146-0¾), but she was outrun by Nunn in the 800 and lost the gold medal by five points.
Heptathlon Women     Final 4 August      
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 6390     Glynis Nunn Australia AUS 4 Dec 60  
2 6385     Jackie Joyner-Kersee United States USA 3 Mar 62  
3 6363     Sabine Everts West Germany FRG 4 Mar 61  
4 6281     Cindy Greiner United States USA 15 Feb 57  
5 6280     Judy Simpson Great Britain GBR 14 Nov 60  
6 6236     Sabine Braun West Germany FRG 19 Jun 65  
7 6147     Tineke Hidding Netherlands NED 28 Jul 59  
8 6127     Kim Hagger Great Britain GBR 2 Dec 61  
9 6082     Birgit Dressel West Germany FRG 4 May 60  
10 6042     Corinne Schneider Switzerland SUI 28 Jul 62  
11 6015     Marian Wijnsma Netherlands NED 18 Jul 65 NJR
12 5985     Kristine Tånnander Sweden SWE 21 Nov 55  
13 5914     Florence Picaut France FRA 25 Oct 52  
14 5908     Annette Tånnander Sweden SWE 13 Feb 58  
15 5904     Jill Ross Canada CAN 23 Feb 58  
16 5648     Connie Tuin Canada CAN 10 Jan 63  
17 5638     Donna Smelli Canada CAN 2 Sep 64  
18 5447     Tsai Li-Chiao Chinese Taipei TPE 12 Aug 62  
19 5146     Iammogapi Launa Papua New Guinea PNG 16 Sep 57  
20 4913     Manuela Marxer Liechtenstein LIE 5 Aug 65  
  DNF     Jodi Anderson United States USA 12 Nov 80  
  DNF     Conceição Aparecida Geremías Brazil BRA 23 Jul 56  
  DNF     Chantal Beaugeant France FRA 16 Feb 61  
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