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2008 Olympic Games Beijing - Women's Heptathlon

 

 

Host City: Beijing, China Format: Scoring by 1985 point tables.
Date Started: August 15, 2008  
Date Finished: August 16, 2008  
(Competitors: 43; Countries: 28)  
    Venue(s): Beijing National Stadium, Beijing
Overview by IAAF   2008_olympic_stadium.jpg 
Klüft effectively retired from combined events in 2007, leaving this event without a firm favourite in Beijing. Fountain – with 6667 in the US Trials had the world’s best pre-Olympic mark – and she led through the first two events having taken the hurdles in 12.78, followed by 1.89 in the high jump. Her lead was 86 points over Bogdanova with Lyudmila Blonska (UKR) third. The other top Ukrainian, Dobrynska produced a superb 17.29 in the shot, a Heptathlon world best, to move from 10th to first. Fountain then ran 23.21 in the 200m to regain the lead with 4060, with Dobrynska (3996) and Sotherton (3938) her nearest rivals overnight. Dobrynska surprisingly stretched away on the second day. First, versus four athletes with personal bests of 6.78 or better, she jumped 6.63 to win the long jump, and then a javelin throw of 48.60 took her lead to 145 over Fountain (5733) and Blonska (5727). Dobrynska ran 2:17.72 to finish with 6733, while Blonska totalled 6700. Fountain beat Chernova by 28 points for the bronze, despite the Russian winning the 800m with an excellent 2:06.50. Four days after the event it was announced that Blonska had failed a doping test for testosterone, and – having had a previous drugs suspension in 2003-2005 – was banned for life. So Fountain and Chernova were upgraded to silver and bronze. Dobrynska had entered the competition ranked 13th among contenders, but five lifetime bests meant that she beat her previous best by 346 points.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
The top heptathlete in the past few years had been Sweden’s Carolina Klüft. She was the defending champion and World Champion in 2005 and 2007, but announced in early 2008 she would no longer compete in the heptathlon and compete only in the long and triple jumps. Without her, the event was wide-open, although Britain’s Kelly Sotherton had some support, as did Russian Tatyana Chernova. But in the end the gold went to an athlete given minimal consideration, Nataliya Dobrynska of the Ukraine. Dobrynska came in with a PR of only 6,268 from 2004, but she PRed in five of the seven events and bettered her overall PR by 365 points to win. Behind her was American Hyleas Fountain , who led after the hurdles, the high jump, and at the end of the first day. Dobrynska passed her to take the lead in the long jump, the first event of day two, and Fountain knew she would have to work to medal, as the javelin and 800 were not good events for her. In the 800 she ran a 2:15.45 to hang to what appeared to be a bronze medal, having been passed by Dobrynska’s countrywoman, Lyudmila Blonska, who ran 2:09.44 in the 800 to move up. But Blonska then tested positive for testosterone and was disqualified. She had already served a steroid ban in 2003-2004, so this second doping positive earned her a lifetime ban from the sport. Chernova moved up to the bronze medal after Blonska’s disqualification, with Sotherton fourth.
 

Records

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows:

World record  Jackie Joyner-Kersee (USA) 7291 points Seoul, South Korea 24 September 1988
Olympic record  Jackie Joyner-Kersee (USA) 7291 points Seoul, South Korea 24 September 1988

No new world or Olympic records were set for this event.

 
        Results        

The women's heptathlon at the 2008 Summer Olympics took place between August 15 and 16 at the Beijing National Stadium.

The qualifying standards were 6,000 points (A standard) and 5,800 points (B standard).

Heptathlon Women     Final 16 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 6733     Nataliya Dobrynska Ukraine UKR 29 May 82  
2 6619     Hyleas Fountain United States USA 14 Jan 81  
3 6591     Tatyana Chernova Russia RUS 29 Jan 88  
4 6517     Kelly Sotherton Great Britain GBR 13 Nov 76  
5 6490     Jessica Zelinka Canada CAN 3 Sep 81 NR
6 6465     Anna Bogdanova Russia RUS 21 Oct 84  
7 6428     Karolina Tymińska Poland POL 4 Oct 84  
8 6379     Lilli Schwarzkopf Germany GER 28 Aug 83  
9 6370     Jolanda Keizer Netherlands NED 5 Apr 85  
10 6369     Kylie Wheeler Australia AUS 17 Jan 80  
11 6360     Jennifer Oeser Germany GER 29 Nov 83  
12 6302     Marie Collonvillé France FRA 23 Nov 73  
13 6192     Olga Kurban Russia RUS 16 Dec 87  
14 6165     Hanna Kasyanova Ukraine UKR 24 Apr 83  
15 6157     Kamila Chudzik Poland POL 12 Sep 86  
16 6140     Sonja Kesselschläger Germany GER 20 Jan 78  
17 6076     Lucimara da Silva Brazil BRA 10 Jul 85 AR
18 6055     Antoinette Nana Djimou France FRA 2 Aug 85  
19 6050     Aiga Grabuste Latvia LAT 24 Mar 88  
20 6041     Liu Haili China CHN 24 Dec 84  
21 6015     Ida Marcussen Norway NOR 1 Nov 87  
22 5989     Rebecca Wardell New Zealand NZL 21 Dec 77  
23 5911     Niina Kelo Finland FIN 26 Mar 80  
24 5893     Aryiró Stratáki Greece GRE 3 Aug 75  
25 5830     Grechin Quintana Cuba CUB 30 Jun 84  
26 5785     Yuliya Tarasova Uzbekistan UZB 13 Mar 86  
27 5771     G.Pramila Ganapathy India IND 8 May 77  
28 5760     Györgyi Zsivoczky-Farkas Hungary HUN 13 Feb 85  
29 5749     Javur J. Shobha India IND 14 Jan 78  
30 5743     Linda Züblin Switzerland SUI 21 Mar 86  
31 5729     Julie Hollman Great Britain GBR 16 Feb 77  
32 5705     Sushmita Singha Roy India IND 26 Mar 84  
33 5677     Kaie Kand Estonia EST 31 Mar 84  
34 4806     Yana Maksimava Belarus BLR 9 Jan 89  
  DQ     Lyudmyla Blonska Ukraine UKR 9 Nov 77  
  DNF     Laurien Bourguignon-Hoos Netherlands NED 18 Aug 83  
  DNF     Jackie Johnson United States USA 8 Sep 84  
  DNF     Austra Skujytė Lithuania LTU 12 Aug 79  
  DNF     Viktorija Žemaitytė Lithuania LTU 11 Mar 85  
  DNF     Denisa Rosolová Czech Republic CZE 21 Aug 86  
  DNF     Wassanee Winatho Thailand THA 30 Jun 80  
  DNF     Irina Karpova Kazakhstan KAZ 13 Feb 80  
  DNF     Diana Pickler United States USA 9 Dec 83  
 
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Overall results

Key
 The highest mark recorded in each event is highlighted in yellow
Rank Athlete Overall points 100 m H HJ SP 200 m LJ JT 800 m
1st  Nataliya Dobrynska (UKR) 6733 (PB) 1059
13.44 s
978
1.80 m
1015
17.29 m
944
24.39 s
1049
6.63 m
833
48.60 m
855
2:17.72 min
2nd  Hyleas Fountain (USA) 6619 1158
12.78 s
1093
1.89 m
751
13.36 m
1058
23.21 s
969
6.38 m
704
41.93 m
886
2:15.45 min
3rd  Tatyana Chernova (RUS) 6591 1028
13.65 s
1016
1.83 m
719
12.88 m
986
23.95 s
997
6.47 m
829
48.37 m
1016
2:06.50 min
4  Kelly Sotherton (GBR) 6517 1097
13.18 s
1016
1.83 m
785
13.87 m
1040
23.39 s
953
6.33 m
622
37.66 m
1004
2:07.34 min
5  Jessica Zelinka (CAN) 6490 (NR) 1129
12.97 s
941
1.77 m
780
13.79 m
1016
23.64 s
887
6.12 m
742
43.91 m
995
2:07.95 min
6  Anna Bogdanova (RUS) 6465 (PB) 1111
13.09 s
1054
1.86 m
799
14.08 m
958
24.24 s
991
6.45 m
579
35.41 m
973
2:09.45 min
7  Karolina Tyminska (POL) 6428 (PB) 1033
13.62 s
941
1.77 m
799
14.08 m
1040
23.39 s
1017
6.53 m
590
35.97 m
1008
2:07.08 min
8  Lilli Schwarzkopf (GER) 6379 1017
13.73 s
978
1.80 m
835
14.61 m
885
25.02 s
837
5.96 m
897
51.88 m
951
2:10.91 min
9  Jolanda Keizer (NED) 6370 (PB) 993
13.90 s
1016
1.83 m
871
15.15 m
984
23.97 s
896
6.15 m
720
42.76 m
890
2:15.21 min
10  Kylie Wheeler (AUS) 6369 (PB) 1024
13.68 s
1093
1.89 m
731
13.06 m
954
24.28 s
883
6.11 m
741
43.81 m
943
2:11.49 min
11  Jennifer Oeser (GER) 6360 1040
13.57 s
978
1.80 m
769
13.62 m
917
24.67 s
899
6.16 m
812
47.53 m
945
2:11.33 min
12  Marie Collonvillé (FRA) 6302 (SB) 1040
13.57 s
1054
1.86 m
689
12.42 m
881
25.06 s
915
6.21 m
785
46.14 m
938
2:11.81 min
13  Olga Kurban (RUS) 6192 1011
13.77 s
941
1.77 m
783
13.84 m
948
24.34 s
874
6.08 m
722
42.85 m
913
2:13.59 min
14  Hanna Melnychenko (UKR) 6165 1047
13.52 s
978
1.80 m
739
13.18 m
947
24.35 s
975
6.40 m
589
35.89 m
890
2:15.23 min
15  Kamila Chudzik (POL) 6157 1008
13.79 s
941
1.77 m
817
14.34 m
854
25.36 s
840
5.97 m
900
52.05 m
797
2:21.97 min
16  Sonja Kesselschlager (GER) 6140 1050
13.50 s
941
1.77 m
816
14.33 m
841
25.50 s
862
6.04 m
750
44.28 m
880
2:15.94 min
17  Lucimara da Silva (BRA) 6076 1043
13.55 s
1016
1.83 m
634
11.59 m
928
24.56 s
905
6.18 m
674
40.34 m
876
2:16.20 min
18  Antoinette Nana Djimou Ida (FRA) 6055 1000
13.85 s
867
1.71 m
735
13.12 m
896
24.90 s
899
6.16 m
847
49.32 m
811
2:20.96 min
19  Aiga Grabuste (LAT) 6050 (PB) 1010
13.78 s
941
1.77 m
707
12.70 m
914
24.71 s
962
6.36 m
649
39.02 m
867
2:16.87 min
20  Liu Haili (CHN) 6041 (PB) 1041
13.56 s
941
1.77 m
708
12.71 m
936
24.47 s
874
6.08 m
702
41.79 m
839
2:18.84 min
21  Ida Marcussen (NOR) 6015 968
14.07 s
867
1.71 m
725
12.97 m
885
25.02 s
868
6.06 m
809
47.37 m
893
2:14.96 min
22  Rebecca Wardell (NZL) 5989 968
14.07 s
867
1.71 m
813
14.28 m
920
24.64 s
801
5.84 m
708
42.14 m
912
2:13.65 min
23  Niina Kelo (FIN) 5911 (SB) 985
13.95 s
795
1.65 m
849
14.82 m
806
25.90 s
777
5.76 m
889
51.48 m
810
2:20.97 min
24  Argyro Strataki (GRE) 5893 971
14.05 s
830
1.68 m
742
13.22 m
844
25.47 s
840
5.97 m
767
45.20 m
899
2:14.57 min
25  Gretchen Quintana (CUB) 5830 1011
13.77 s
830
1.68 m
734
13.10 m
948
24.34 s
856
6.02 m
632
38.14 m
819
2:20.31 min
26  Yuliya Tarasova (UZB) 5785 974
14.03 s
867
1.71 m
701
12.60 m
946
24.36 s
825
5.92 m
731
43.31 m
741
2:26.19 min
27  Pramila Aiyappa (IND) 5771 983
13.97 s
903
1.74 m
639
11.66 m
894
24.92 s
883
6.11 m
692
41.27 m
777
2:23.46 min
28  Györgyi Farkas (HUN) 5760 887
14.66 s
903
1.74 m
665
12.06 m
788
26.10 s
877
6.09 m
734
43.45 m
906
2:14.05 min
29  Shobha Javur (IND) 5749 1033
13.62 s
795
1.65 m
732
13.07 m
922
24.62 s
807
5.86 m
735
43.50 m
725
2:27.50 min
30  Linda Züblin (SUI) 5743 993
13.90 s
759
1.62 m
684
12.34 m
888
24.99 s
771
5.74 m
806
47.19 m
842
2:18.68 min
31  Julie Hollman (GBR) 5729 918
14.43 s
941
1.77 m
691
12.45 m
850
25.41 s
890
6.13 m
650
39.08 m
789
2:22.54 min
32  Susmita Singha Roy (IND) 5705 963
14.11 s
867
1.71 m
613
11.27 m
948
24.34 s
843
5.98 m
663
39.79 m
808
2:21.14 min
33  Kaie Kand (EST) 5677 (SB) 913
14.47 s
795
1.65 m
721
12.91 m
844
25.47 s
774
5.75 m
716
42.51 m
916
2:13.36 min
34  Yana Maksimava (BLR) 4806 880
14.71 s
903
1.74 m
767
13.60 m
802
25.94 s
0
NM
651
39.14 m
803
2:21.55 min
N/A  Laurien Hoos (NED) DNF 1047
13.52 s
795
1.65 m
860
14.98 m
927
24.57 s
771
5.74 m
832
48.54 m
DNS
N/A  Jackie Johnson (USA) DNF 1091
13.22 s
941
1.77 m
649
11.82 m
911
24.74 s
813
5.88 m
DNS DNS
N/A  Viktorija Žemaitytė (LTU) DNF 917
14.44 s
903
1.74 m
795
14.01 m
881
25.06 s
0
NM
DNS DNS
N/A  Austra Skujytė (LTU) DNF 914
14.46 s
941
1.77 m
997
17.02 m
850
25.40 s
0
NM
DNS DNS
N/A  Wassana Winatho (THA) DNF 988
13.93 s
830
1.68 m
DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
N/A  Denisa Ščerbová (CZE) DNF 995
13.88 s
795
1.65 m
DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
N/A  Diana Pickler (USA) DNF 939
14.28 s
DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
N/A  Irina Naumenko (KAZ) DNF 0
DNF
DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
N/A  Lyudmila Blonska (UKR) 6700 (DSQ)* 1078
13.31 s
1054
1.86 m
813
14.29 m
967
24.14 s
1001
6.48 m
814
47.60 m
973
2:09.44 min

* Ukraine's Lyudmila Blonska originally won the silver medal, but was disqualified after she tested positive for methyltestosterone.

 

Women's Heptathlon 100m Hurdles

 

Fast start to the Heptathlon, Fountain leads after the first event

The first event of the first Heptathlon without Carolina Klüft in a major championship since 2002 started with a high standard 100m Hurdles. As expected American Hyleas Fountain, who ran a wind assisted 12.65 at the Olympic Trials, was easily the fastest winning her heat in 12.78 cutting a huge 0.2 seconds off her earlier wind legal personal best.

The 27-year-old American is the world leader in heptathlon this season (6667 points), but also faces a brand new challenge as her best achievement before this is a 12th place at the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki.

Second fastest in the first event was Canadian Jessica Zelinka, who recorded her first career sub-13 second performance in the 100m Hurdles with 12.97. Another big improvement came from Anna Bogdanova (RUS), who lowered her PB from 13.35 to 13.09 here. Such a great start raises her close to the fight for the medals here although her best heptathlon 6452 is more than 200 points behind Fountain’s world leading score.

2004 Athens Olympics bronze medallist Kelly Sotherton (GBR) has faced all kinds of problems this season, but her hurdling proved that the Briton is once more a medal candidate here. Her 13.18 result in the first event is a personal best just dipping under the previous 13.21 set at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka. Sotherton hasn’t competed in a Heptathlon this season, but performances in individual events suggest that the 31-year-old is in great form.

Other top athletes who did well were American Jackie Johnson, this year’s NCAA champion for Arizona State, who started with a 13.22 performance, just 0.03 outside her PB. Ukraine had a strong first event too with Osaka World Championships silver medallist Lyudmyla Blonska setting a season’s best 13.31 and Nataliya Dobrynska bettering her personal best by 0.22 seconds.

Some athletes also fell well back from their earlier marks this season. Right from the top Russian Olga Kurban who has the fourth best result this season (6559) could only manage 13.77, well below her 13.29 PB earlier this season. Lilli Schwarzkopf (GER - 13.73) and Kamila Chudzik (POL - 13.79) were also disappointed in the first event.

Chinese Liu Haili made an impressive visit to the track too, she lowered her PB down to 13.56. She had only ran 13.87 before back in 2005.

Hyleas Fountain leads after the first event with 1158 points with Jessica Zelinka close behind with 1129. Anna Bogdanova has 1111 for the third place and Kelly Sotheron 1097 at fourth.

Mirko Jalava for the IAAF

Please NOTE when reading each event report that Silver medallist Lyudmyla Blonska failed a drugs test and so lost her medal

Heat 1 15 AUG 2008 09:00 Wind +0.2 Please click on a row below to view more information

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK   Points Reaction Time
1 Laurien Hoos NED NED 13.52 =PB 1047 0.174
2 Haili Liu CHN CHN 13.56 PB 1041 0.199
3 Karolina Tyminska POL POL 13.62 PB 1033 0.177
4 Javur J. Shobha IND IND 13.62 PB 1033 0.210
5 Kylie Wheeler AUS AUS 13.68 SB 1024 0.180
6 Gretchen Quintana CUB CUB 13.77   1011 0.171
7 Linda Züblin SUI SUI 13.90   993 0.191
8 G. Pramila Aiyappa IND IND 13.97   983 0.406
9 Sushmitha Singha Roy IND IND 14.11   963 0.262
 

Heat 2 15 AUG 2008 09:08 Wind 0.0 Please click on a row below to view more information

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK   Points Reaction Time
1 Natallia Dobrynska UKR UKR 13.44 PB 1059 0.192
2 Jolanda Keizer NED NED 13.90 SB 993 0.247
3 Wassana Winatho THA THA 13.93 SB 988 0.211
4 Aryiró Stratáki GRE GRE 14.05 SB 971 0.224
5 Julie Hollman GBR GBR 14.43   918 0.195
6 Kaie Kand EST EST 14.47   913 0.242
7 Györgyi Farkas-Zsivoczky HUN HUN 14.66   887 0.236
8 Yana Maksimava BLR BLR 14.71   880 0.247
  Irina Karpova KAZ KAZ DNF   0  
 

Heat 3 15 AUG 2008 09:16 Wind +0.8 Please click on a row below to view more information

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK   Points Reaction Time
1 Aiga Grabuste LAT LAT 13.78   1010 0.215
2 Niina Kelo FIN FIN 13.95 PB 985 0.135
3 Yuliya Tarasova UZB UZB 14.03 PB 974 0.242
4 Ida Marcussen NOR NOR 14.07 PB 968 0.158
5 Rebecca Wardell NZL NZL 14.07 SB 968 0.252
6 Viktorija Žemaityté LTU LTU 14.44   917 0.175
7 Austra Skujyte LTU LTU 14.46 SB 914 0.180
 

Heat 4 15 AUG 2008 09:24 Wind +0.5 Please click on a row below to view more information

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK   Points Reaction Time
1 Sonja Kesselschläger GER GER 13.50 =SB 1050 0.225
2 Lucimara da Silva BRA BRA 13.55   1043 0.177
3 Marie Collonvillé FRA FRA 13.57 PB 1040 0.169
4 Jennifer Oeser GER GER 13.57   1040 0.217
5 Tatyana Chernova RUS RUS 13.65   1028 0.213
6 Lilli Schwarzkopf GER GER 13.73   1017 0.178
7 Kamila Chudzik POL POL 13.79   1008 0.221
8 Antoinette Nana Djimou Ida FRA FRA 13.85   1000 0.172
  Lyudmyla Blonska UKR UKR DQ   0 0.161
 

Heat 5 15 AUG 2008 09:32 Wind +0.4 Please click on a row below to view more information

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK   Points Reaction Time
1 Hyleas Fountain USA USA 12.78   1158 0.226
2 Jessica Zelinka CAN CAN 12.97 PB 1129 0.179
3 Anna Bogdanova RUS RUS 13.09 PB 1111 0.126
4 Kelly Sotherton GBR GBR 13.18 PB 1097 0.214
5 Jacquelyn Johnson USA USA 13.22   1091 0.192
6 Hanna Melnychenko UKR UKR 13.52   1047 0.163
7 Olga Kurban RUS RUS 13.77   1011 0.195
8 Denisa Rosolová CZE CZE 13.88   995 0.180
9 Diana Pickler USA USA 14.28   939 0.187

Women's Heptathlon High Jump

 

Fountain shines in High Jump

World leading heptathlete Hyleas Fountain (USA) continued her personal best setting run in the second event of the Heptathlon, High Jump. The American, who had only jumped 1.81m earlier this season, bettered her three-year-old PB by 1cm clearing 1.89m today. Fountain is already a massive 82 points ahead of her world leading personal best total score 6667p and is leading the competition clearly after two events with 2251 points.

Australian Kylie Wheeler was the second athlete to clear personal best height 1.89m which was a bit of a surprise because she had only jumped 1.78m before this season. Wheeler’s previous PB was 1.86m from 2005. 28-year-old has started well, but is not fighting for the medals at this stage.

Anna Bogdanova (RUS), Lyudmyla Blonska (UKR) and Marie Collonvillé (FRA) cleared 1.86m each. Blonska has started well although is still far behind her personal best series from Osaka last year. The Ukrainian however jumped a season’s best in the High Jump adding 6cm to the previous result and is already in third place in the competition having scored 2132 points at this stage. Bogdanova is second after two events with 2165, but she has to do better in the next events to stay there.

Kelly Sotherton (GBR) fell short of her goal in the High Jump only clearing 1.83m. The Briton is now fifth with 2113, but the small disappointment means she has to do extremely well in the Shot Put to stay within reach for the medal podium.

The most meaningful result in the High Jump was 1.83m by Tatyana Chernova. The Russian added a mighty 10cm to her season’s best heptathlon series (6618) and has already scored 117 points more than she did in that competition in Götzis. Only 20-year-old Chernova has changed her course from Osaka where she fell well short of others in the first events having started the competition with the best result overall.

In the big picture three athletes at the top, Fountain, Chernova and Blonska have started with the best results and others will have to gain points in rest of the events to challenge them for the medals.

Mirko Jalava for the IAAF

Please NOTE when reading each event report that Silver medallist Lyudmyla Blonska failed a drugs test and so lost her medal 
 High Jump
Group A 15.08 10:30 Team Height pts total Rk. 150 153 156 159 162 165 168 171 174 177 180 183
1. Jolanda Keizer NED 1.83m 1016 2009 5. - - - - - - O O O O O O
2. Tatiana Chernova RUS 1.83m 1016 2044 8. - - - - - - O O XO O XXO XXO
3. Nataliia Dobrynska UKR 1.80m 978 2037 10. - - - - - - - O O O XO XXX
4. Jessica Zelinka CAN 1.77m 941 2070 12. - - - - - - O O O O XXX
5. Olga Kurban RUS 1.77m 941 1952 15. - - - - - - O O O XO XXX
6. Aiga Grabuste LAT 1.77m 941 1951 16. - - - - XO O O O O XO XXX
7. Kamila Chudzik POL 1.77m 941 1949 18. - - - O - O O O XXO XO XXX
8. Haili Liu CHN 1.77m 941 1982 19. - - O O O O O O O XXO XXX
9. Karolina Tyminska POL 1.77m 941 1974 21. - - - O O - O O XO XXO XXX
10.Pramila Ganapathy Gudanda IND 1.74m 903 1886 24. - - O - O O O O XO XXX
11.Viktorija Zemaityte LTU 1.74m 903 1820 25. - O O O O O XO O XXO X-
12.Ida Marcussen NOR 1.71m 867 1835 28. - - - - - - - O O XO XXX
13.Antoinette Nana Djimou Ida FRA 1.71m 867 1867 29. - - - - O O XO XO XXX
14.Rebecca Wardell NZL 1.71m 867 1835 30. - O O O O O O XXO XXX
15.Gretchen Quintana CUB 1.68m 830 1841 33. - - O - O O XXO XXX
16.Shobha Jagadeeshppa Javur IND 1.65m 795 1828 35. O O O O XO XO XXX
17.Laurien Hoos NED 1.65m 795 1842 36. - - O XO XXO XO XXX
18.Niina Kelo FIN 1.65m 795 1780 37. - O O O XO XXO XXX
19.Kaie Kand EST 1.65m 795 1708 37. - - - XXO O XXO XXX
20.Linda Zublin SUI 1.62m 759 1752 39. - O O O XO XXX
Group B 15.08 10:30 Team Height pts total Rk. 153 156 159 162 165 168 171 174 177 180 183 186 189 192
1. Hyleas Fountain USA 1.89m 1093 2251 1. - - - - - - - O O XO O O O XXX
2. Kylie Wheeler AUS 1.89m 1093 2117 2. - - - - - - - O O XXO O XXO XO XXX
3. Anna Bogdanova RUS 1.86m 1054 2165 3. - - - - - - - O O O XO XO XXX
4. Marie Collonville FRA 1.86m 1054 2094 4. - - - - - - - O O O XO O XXX
5. Lucimara Silva BRA 1.83m 1016 2059 5. - - O O - O O O O O O O
6. Kelly Sotherton GBR 1.83m 1016 2113 7. - - - - - - - - O O O XXO
7. Ganna Melnichenko UKR 1.80m 978 2025 9. - - - - - - O XO O O O XXX
8. Lilli Schwarzkopf GER 1.80m 978 1995 11. - - - - - - - O O O XXO XXX
9. Jennifer Oeser GER 1.80m 978 2018 12. - - - - - - - O O XXO XXO XXX
10.Austra Skujyte LTU 1.77m 941 1855 13. - - - - - - - O O O XXX
11.Jackie Johnson USA 1.77m 941 2032 14. - - - - O - O - XO O XXX
12.Sonja Kesselschlager GER 1.77m 941 1991 16. - - - - - O - O XO XO XXX
13.Julie Hollman GBR 1.77m 941 1859 19. - - - - O O O O O XXO XXX
14.Gyorgyi Farkas HUN 1.74m 903 1790 22. - - - - - O XO O O XXX
15.Yana Maksimava BLR 1.74m 903 1783 23. - - - - - - O O XXO XXX
16.Yuliya Tarasova UZB 1.71m 867 1841 26. - - - - - O O O XXX
17.Susmita Singha Roy IND 1.71m 867 1830 27. O - - O XXO O O O XXX
18.Argyro Strataki GRE 1.68m 830 1801 31. - - - - O XXO O XXX
19.Wassana Winatho THA 1.68m 830 1818 32. - - - - O O XO XXX
20.Denisa Scerbova CZE 1.65m 795 1790 34. - - - O O O XXX
-.Lyudmila Blonska UKR 1.86m 1054    
 

Women's Heptathlon Shot Put

 

Heptathlon world best and competition lead for Dobrynska in Shot Put

Nataliya Dobrynska (UKR) might have been a little out of shape in her only Heptathlon of the season in Götzis (6268pts), but she has come to Beijing with a whole different attitude.

The Shot Put specialist who threw her all-time best 17.18m while placing fourth at the World Indoor Championships in Valencia earlier this year, crushed Austra Skujyte’s 17.03m Heptathlon world best mark from the Osaka World Championships. The Ukrainian broke the 17m line for the third time during career, first outdoors, winning with a huge 17.29m throw. This also gives her the lead in the competition after three events with 3052 total points. Shot Put PB was her second of the day in three events.

American Hyleas Fountain, who led the competition after two events, isn’t among the best shot putters in the field, but she also fell a bit short of her best marks with a 13.36m performance today. She has 3002 points for second place overall. Anna Bogdanova (RUS) continued with a 14.08m Shot Put result and is in third place at this stage with 2964.

In the overall picture Fountain, Tatyana Chernova (RUS) and Lyudmyla Blonska (UKR) are still the best picks for medals. Blonska is now fourth having scored 2945 following a 14.29m Shot Put and although Chernova fell back to 17th place after a modest 12.88m, the Russian is strongest of all athletes in the rest of four events remaining and has to be taken seriously during day two.

Fountain has scored 61 points more than in her PB series (projected total points now 6728), Chernova is 100 points ahead SB (projected 6718p) and Blonska 103 points ahead SB (projected 6673).

Kelly Sotherton (GBR) is in fifth place after three events with 2898p (13.87m), but still needs more points later in the competition to get to the medal fight. Austra Skujyte (LTU) was strong in the Shot Put as usual only missing her personal best by 1cm with 17.02m, third best heptathlon shot put result ever.

Mirko Jalava for the IAAF

Please NOTE when reading each event report that Silver medallist Lyudmyla Blonska failed a drugs test and so lost her medal 

Group A 15 AUG 2008 19:00 Please click on a row below to view more information

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK Points DETAIL Attempt 1 Attempt 2 Attempt 3
1 Natallia Dobrynska UKR UKR 17.29 1015 PB 16.23 17.29 16.28
2 Austra Skujyte LTU LTU 17.02 997 SB 16.79 16.30 17.02
3 Jolanda Keizer NED NED 15.15 871 PB   15.15  
4 Laurien Hoos NED NED 14.98 860 SB 14.98 14.83  
5 Niina Kelo FIN FIN 14.82 849   14.80 14.82 14.64
6 Lilli Schwarzkopf GER GER 14.61 835 PB 14.00 14.61 13.83
7 Kamila Chudzik POL POL 14.34 817 SB 13.43 14.32 14.34
8 Sonja Kesselschläger GER GER 14.33 816 =SB 13.06 13.11 14.33
9 Rebecca Wardell NZL NZL 14.28 813   14.28 14.09  
10 Anna Bogdanova RUS RUS 14.08 799   14.04 14.08 14.08
11 Karolina Tyminska POL POL 14.08 799   14.08   13.72
12 Kelly Sotherton GBR GBR 13.87 785   13.87 13.66 13.57
13 Olga Kurban RUS RUS 13.84 783 PB 13.55 13.26 13.84
14 Jessica Zelinka CAN CAN 13.79 780   13.34 13.25 13.79
15 Jennifer Oeser GER GER 13.62 769   13.49 13.62  
16 Yana Maksimava BLR BLR 13.60 767   13.60   13.25
17 Hyleas Fountain USA USA 13.36 751   13.36 12.25 12.11
18 Aryiró Stratáki GRE GRE 13.22 742   13.08 13.22  
19 Hanna Melnychenko UKR UKR 13.18 739   12.57 13.18  
20 Antoinette Nana Djimou Ida FRA FRA 13.12 735   12.42 12.47 13.12
21 Ida Marcussen NOR NOR 12.97 725   12.97 12.82  
  Lyudmyla Blonska UKR UKR DQ 0        

Group B 15 AUG 2008 19:00 Please click on a row below to view more information

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK Points DETAIL Attempt 1 Attempt 2 Attempt 3
1 Viktorija Žemaityté LTU LTU 14.01 795 PB 13.37 14.01 13.54
2 Gretchen Quintana CUB CUB 13.10 734   13.10 13.07 12.95
3 Javur J. Shobha IND IND 13.07 732   12.33 13.07 12.86
4 Kylie Wheeler AUS AUS 13.06 731 SB 13.06 13.04 12.76
5 Kaie Kand EST EST 12.91 721   12.08   12.91
6 Tatyana Chernova RUS RUS 12.88 719   11.74 12.88  
7 Haili Liu CHN CHN 12.71 708   12.51 12.71 12.54
8 Aiga Grabuste LAT LAT 12.70 707   12.61 12.70  
9 Yuliya Tarasova UZB UZB 12.60 701   12.12 10.49 12.60
10 Julie Hollman GBR GBR 12.45 691   11.78 12.45 11.81
11 Marie Collonvillé FRA FRA 12.42 689 PB 11.27 12.42 12.03
12 Linda Züblin SUI SUI 12.34 684   12.34 11.69 11.89
13 Györgyi Farkas-Zsivoczky HUN HUN 12.06 665   11.95 12.06 11.52
14 Jacquelyn Johnson USA USA 11.82 649   11.31 10.91 11.82
15 G. Pramila Aiyappa IND IND 11.66 639   11.65 11.66 11.09
16 Lucimara da Silva BRA BRA 11.59 634   11.59   11.28
17 Sushmitha Singha Roy IND IND 11.27 613   11.13 11.27 10.74
  Wassana Winatho THA THA DNS 0        
  Denisa Rosolová CZE CZE DNS 0        
  Irina Karpova KAZ KAZ DNS 0        
  Diana Pickler USA USA DNS 0    

Women's Heptathlon 200m

Fountain retakes the lead after day one - Heptathlon 200m

The women’s heptathlon competition is tightening up before the remaining three events tomorrow. World leading athlete Hyleas Fountain (USA) was fastest in the fourth event of day one, the 200m, clocking 23.21s bettering her earlier personal best by 0.10 seconds. The American has now gathered 4060 points to lead after day one, but athletes behind have been packed closer than expected.

In second place after day two is Nataliya Dobrynska (UKR), who had a marvelous day one. The Ukrainian set big personal bests in three of four events including a 17.29m Heptathlon World best in the Shot Put. In the 200m race she set another PB 24.39s, an impressive 0.45 seconds faster than her earlier best of 24.84s from Arles in 2005. Dobrynska’s personal best is only 6387 points, but here she is going for a score in the region of 6600-6700 points.

Briton Kelly Sotherton, third in the Athens Olympic Heptathlon in 2004, set a personal best 23.39s in the 200m, just dipping under earlier PB 23.40s from last year’s Osaka World Championships. Sotherton is slowly moving towards a medal position and the decisive event for her will be the Javelin Throw which is easily her weakest event. In Osaka she only managed 31.90m, which is nowhere near what she needs here. The 31-year-old has thrown only 34.41m this season and has a personal best of 40.81m from 2004.

Anna Bogdanova (RUS) is fourth with 3922 points after a 24.24s clocking in 200m, but her second day is not among the strongest and she will be going downwards during the last three events. Osaka World Championships silver medallist Lyudmyla Blonska (UKR) ran a season’s best 24.14s and will be very close to a medal tomorrow. The Ukrainian has 3912 total points for fifth place.

Tatyana Chernova (RUS) is now in 10th place with 3749 points, but the 20-year-old Russian has an extremely powerful day two – she jumped 6.78m long jump, threw a 53.51m javelin and ran a 2:12.11 800m in her personal best Heptathlon earlier this season.

The first event of day two, the Long Jump, will decide a lot about what will happen later as the day progresses. First-day leader Hyleans Fountain jumped a commanding 6.88m at the Olympic Trials and Tatyana Chernova (6.78m), Kelly Sotherton (6.68m) and Lyudmyla Blonska (6.66m) have very strong marks in their season’s best series. These good long jumpers also have the most points to lose – it will be interesting to see what happens if any of the top competitors foul their first jumps.

German Lilli Schwarzkopf, who is also very close to the medals (14th after day one with 3694p) because of her strong day two, has the best Javelin result among the top names in season’s best series with 54.81m. Lyudmyla Blonska has thrown 48.29m, Tatyana Chernova 48.15m and Hyleans Fountain 48.15m too.

In the 800m Kelly Sotherton, Lilli Schwarzkopf and Tatyana Chernova can all run close to 2:10 if needed, but for Hyleas Fountain this is the difficult event. Her personal best is 2:16.79 set back in 2006, but she hasn’t run close to that lately – at the Olympic Trials she only clocked 2:27.69 and it will be interesting to see what happens if the last event decides the Olympic gold. Presumably Fountain can then drop a lot of seconds off her season’s best time.

Mirko Jalava for the IAAF

Please NOTE when reading each event report that Silver medallist Lyudmyla Blonska failed a drugs test and so lost her medal 

Heat 1 15 AUG 2008 21:15 Wind 0.0 Please click on a row below to view more information

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK   Points Reaction Time
1 Jolanda Keizer NED NED 23.97 PB 984 0.247
2 Anna Bogdanova RUS RUS 24.24 PB 958 0.157
3 Kylie Wheeler AUS AUS 24.28 SB 954 0.176
4 Gretchen Quintana CUB CUB 24.34   948 0.173
5 Hanna Melnychenko UKR UKR 24.35 PB 947 0.226
6 Rebecca Wardell NZL NZL 24.64   920 0.181
7 Kamila Chudzik POL POL 25.36   854 0.233
  Lyudmyla Blonska UKR UKR DQ   0 0.127
  Diana Pickler USA USA DNS   0  
 

Heat 2 15 AUG 2008 21:22 Wind +0.3 Please click on a row below to view more information

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK   Points Reaction Time
1 Hyleas Fountain USA USA 23.21 PB 1058 0.167
2 Kelly Sotherton GBR GBR 23.39 PB 1040 0.226
3 Karolina Tyminska POL POL 23.39 PB 1040 0.175
4 Jessica Zelinka CAN CAN 23.64 PB 1016 0.188
5 Tatyana Chernova RUS RUS 23.95   986 0.183
6 Olga Kurban RUS RUS 24.34   948 0.181
7 Sushmitha Singha Roy IND IND 24.34   948 0.242
8 G. Pramila Aiyappa IND IND 24.92   894 0.247
  Denisa Rosolová CZE CZE DNS   0  
 

Heat 3 15 AUG 2008 21:29 Wind -0.1 Please click on a row below to view more information

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK   Points Reaction Time
1 Yuliya Tarasova UZB UZB 24.36 PB 946 0.257
2 Aiga Grabuste LAT LAT 24.71   914 0.212
3 Viktorija Žemaityté LTU LTU 25.06   881 0.177
4 Niina Kelo FIN FIN 25.90   806 0.158
5 Yana Maksimava BLR BLR 25.94   802 0.281
6 Györgyi Farkas-Zsivoczky HUN HUN 26.10 PB 788 0.241
  Irina Karpova KAZ KAZ DNS   0  
 

Heat 4 15 AUG 2008 21:36 Wind +0.1 Please click on a row below to view more information

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK   Points Reaction Time
1 Natallia Dobrynska UKR UKR 24.39 PB 944 0.206
2 Ida Marcussen NOR NOR 25.02   885 0.219
3 Marie Collonvillé FRA FRA 25.06 SB 881 0.182
4 Lilli Schwarzkopf GER GER 25.25   864 0.167
5 Austra Skujyte LTU LTU 25.40 SB 850 0.179
6 Julie Hollman GBR GBR 25.41   850 0.188
7 Aryiró Stratáki GRE GRE 25.47   844 0.205
8 Kaie Kand EST EST 25.49 SB 842 0.228
9 Sonja Kesselschläger GER GER 25.50   841 0.194
 

Heat 5 15 AUG 2008 21:43 Wind +0.4 Please click on a row below to view more information

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK   Points Reaction Time
1 Haili Liu CHN CHN 24.47 PB 936 0.215
2 Lucimara da Silva BRA BRA 24.56 SB 928 0.131
3 Laurien Hoos NED NED 24.57 SB 927 0.157
4 Javur J. Shobha IND IND 24.62 SB 922 0.185
5 Jennifer Oeser GER GER 24.67   917 0.203
6 Jacquelyn Johnson USA USA 24.74   911 0.185
7 Antoinette Nana Djimou Ida FRA FRA 24.90   896 0.198
8 Linda Züblin SUI SUI 24.99   888 0.210
  Wassana Winatho THA THA DNS   0  
 

Women's Heptathlon Long Jump

 

Dobrynska takes the lead back, shocks others in Long Jump – heptathlon after event five

Nataliya Dobrynska (UKR) shockingly leads the women’s Heptathlon after the fifth event, Long Jump. Like anticipated, this event proved to be extremely tricky for most of the top competitors with only the Ukrainian finding her own level today.

26-year-old Dobrynska who only came to Beijing with a season’s best 6268 points, was a surprise on second place overall after day one, but her 6.63m performance in the Long Jump, best of all competitors, was a real upset.

The Ukrainian started with a season’s best 6.47m before adding 7cm to her 2006 personal best 6.56m. Dobrynska, whose best placing in major championships is only 8th at the 2004 Olympics and 2007 World Championships and doesn’t even have a junior medal in the Heptathlon, is suddenly looking at a chance to win gold here. Indoors she has got a silver from the World Indoor Championships Pentathlon in 2004 and earlier this year she placed fourth in Valencia.

Dobrynska is leading with 5045 total points after five events.

First day overall leader Hyleas Fountain could not stand the pressure of long jump fouling her first two attempts. The best long jumper in the field, with a 6.88m personal best at the Olympic Trials, she could only manage a modest 6.38m with her last jump leaving in a very difficult position before the last two events.

Fountain is a good javelin thrower having set a personal best 48.15m this season, but is far behind the others in the 800m with a personal best 2:16.79 from 2006 – this year she has only run 2:27.69. Fountain is second only 16 points behind Dobrynska with 5029 points.

Similar problems were experienced by another gold favourite Lyudmyla Blonska, who also fouled her first two attempts and jumped 6.48m behind the board with her last jump. Blonska would have needed much more as she is now more than 100 points behind the first two in third place with 4913 points.

Russian Anna Bogdanova jumped 6.46m, only 3cm off her personal best, and is fourth with the same points as Blonska, 4913. But the Russian will not fight for the medals here as she has never exceeded 40 metres in javelin.

Briton Kelly Sotherton, bronze medallist at the 2004 Olympics, lost her quest for the medals in the long jump. She jumped 6.33m, way below what she would have needed before the javelin which is her weakest event. At the 2007 World Championships Sotherton only reached 31.90m in that event. She is in fifth place with 4891 points now.

Another athlete losing points in the long jump was Tatyana Chernova (RUS), who is now in 9th place with 4746 total points. The Russian had jumped 6.78m earlier this season, but her 6.47m today leaves too many points between her and the leading athletes. Chernova is excellent in the javelin (SB 53.51m PB 54.49m) and 800m (PB/SB 2:10.10 indoors).

The next event, the Javelin Throw is another technical event which will decide a lot about what happens to the medals. If Dobrynska stays at her own level and throws over 45m it will be extremely difficult for others to catch her.

Season’s javelin bests for leading athletes:

Natalia Dobrynska 46.90 (800p)
Lyudmyla Blonska 48.29 (827p)
Tatyana Chernova 53.51 (928p)
Hyleas Fountain 48.15 (824p)
Kelly Sotherton 34.31 (558p)

Mirko Jalava for the IAAF

Please NOTE when reading each event report that Silver medallist Lyudmyla Blonska failed a drugs test and so lost her medal 

Group A 16 AUG 2008 09:50 Please click on a row below to view more information

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK Wind Points DETAIL Attempt 1 Attempt 2 Attempt 3
1 Aiga Grabuste LAT LAT 6.36 +0.5 962     6.07 +0.1 6.36 +0.5
2 Jolanda Keizer NED NED 6.15 +0.5 896 PB 6.15 +0.5 5.90 +0.6 6.13 +0.4
3 Julie Hollman GBR GBR 6.13 +1.1 890       6.13 +1.1
4 Jessica Zelinka CAN CAN 6.12 +0.3 887 SB 6.12 +0.3 6.03 +1.1  
5 Györgyi Farkas-Zsivoczky HUN HUN 6.09 +0.7 877 PB 5.57 +0.5 5.59 +0.1 6.09 +0.7
6 Haili Liu CHN CHN 6.08 +0.5 874     5.96 +0.4 6.08 +0.5
7 Ida Marcussen NOR NOR 6.06 +0.3 868     6.06 +0.3  
8 Sonja Kesselschläger GER GER 6.04 0.0 862   6.04 0.0 5.96 -0.2 5.98 +0.5
9 Gretchen Quintana CUB CUB 6.02 +0.2 856   5.94 +0.7 6.02 +0.2 5.80 +0.3
10 Sushmitha Singha Roy IND IND 5.98 +0.5 843   5.89 +0.4 5.98 +0.5 5.69 +1.0
11 Aryiró Stratáki GRE GRE 5.97 0.0 840       5.97 0.0
12 Yuliya Tarasova UZB UZB 5.92 +0.8 825   5.88 +0.4 5.92 +0.8 5.73 +0.4
13 Rebecca Wardell NZL NZL 5.84 +0.3 801   5.77 +0.5   5.84 +0.3
14 Niina Kelo FIN FIN 5.76 +0.4 777     5.76 +0.4 5.67 +0.8
15 Kaie Kand EST EST 5.75 +0.5 774   5.65 +0.7 5.75 +0.5  
16 Laurien Hoos NED NED 5.74 +1.2 771 =SB   5.66 +0.4 5.74 +1.2
17 Linda Züblin SUI SUI 5.74 +0.1 771   4.95 +0.4   5.74 +0.1
  Viktorija Žemaityté LTU LTU NM   0        
  Austra Skujyte LTU LTU NM   0        
  Yana Maksimava BLR BLR NM   0        

Group B 16 AUG 2008 09:50 Please click on a row below to view more information

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK Wind Points DETAIL Attempt 1 Attempt 2 Attempt 3
1 Natallia Dobrynska UKR UKR 6.63 +0.3 1049 PB 6.47 +0.6 6.63 +0.3  
2 Karolina Tyminska POL POL 6.53 +0.6 1017   6.12 +0.4 6.13 +0.2 6.53 +0.6
3 Tatyana Chernova RUS RUS 6.47 +0.4 997     6.47 +0.4  
4 Anna Bogdanova RUS RUS 6.45 +0.6 991   6.18 +0.5 6.45 +0.6 6.45 0.0
5 Hanna Melnychenko UKR UKR 6.40 0.0 975 PB     6.40 0.0
6 Hyleas Fountain USA USA 6.38 +0.3 969       6.38 +0.3
7 Kelly Sotherton GBR GBR 6.33 +0.1 953 SB 6.21 +0.2 6.33 +0.1 6.29 +0.4
8 Marie Collonvillé FRA FRA 6.21 +0.7 915 PB 6.21 +0.7    
9 Lucimara da Silva BRA BRA 6.18 -0.2 905     6.05 +0.1 6.18 -0.2
10 Jennifer Oeser GER GER 6.16 +0.1 899   6.16 +0.1 6.10 +0.4 6.02 +0.6
11 Antoinette Nana Djimou Ida FRA FRA 6.16 +0.9 899   6.04 +0.3 5.86 +0.3 6.16 +0.9
12 Kylie Wheeler AUS AUS 6.11 +0.7 883   6.11 +0.7 6.02 +0.4  
12 G. Pramila Aiyappa IND IND 6.11 +0.4 883   6.02 +0.4   6.11 +0.4
14 Olga Kurban RUS RUS 6.08 +0.4 874   5.85 +0.7 6.08 +0.4  
15 Kamila Chudzik POL POL 5.97 +0.6 840     5.97 +0.6 5.58 +0.4
16 Lilli Schwarzkopf GER GER 5.96 +1.0 837     5.91 +0.5 5.96 +1.0
17 Jacquelyn Johnson USA USA 5.88 +0.6 813   5.88 +0.6    
18 Javur J. Shobha IND IND 5.86 +0.3 807   5.74 +0.6 5.80 +0.4 5.86 +0.3
  Lyudmyla Blonska UKR UKR DQ +0.6 0      

Women's Heptathlon Javelin Throw

 

5th personal best and a big lead for Dobrynska, heptathlon after 6 events

Ukrainian Nataliya Dobrynska will become one of the most unanticipated Olympic champions in Beijing. The 26-year-old bettered her personal best twice in the sixth event of Heptathlon, the Javelin Throw, ending up with 48.60m from round three and is a clear leader before the last event, 800m. It was her fifth personal best in six events.

Dobrynska leads the competition with 5878 total points, 145 more than Hyleas Fountain (USA), who was dropped way back in the Javelin. The American only managed a 41.93m throw and was well below 40m line before her last attempt. With a 48.15m personal best earlier this season it was a big disappointment and she has no chance to catch Dobrynska, who is a better 800m runner.

In fact Lyudmyla Blonska (UKR), who is only six points behind Fountain, has a very good chance to make it Ukraine 1-2 as her 800m running is much stronger. Blonska threw well 47.60m in Javelin, but of course hasn’t got any possibility for catching her countrywoman Dobrynska.

As expected Russian Tatyana Chernova had a good result 48.37m in javelin and has already risen to 4th place in the competition with 5575 total points. Chernova is 11.3 seconds behind Hyleas Fountain and has a chance to win a medal with a good 800m run. The Russian has a best of 2:10.10 from the World Indoor Championships and Fountain has not run under 2:20 since 2006.

Kelly Sotherton (GBR) will not get another Olympic medal as her 37.66m javelin throw was not enough. 5513 points and 5th place after six events leaves her too far behind. In sixth place there is another surprise name, Jessica Zelinka (CAN) who has 5495 points at this stage.

Mirko Jalava for the IAAF

Please NOTE when reading each event report that Silver medallist Lyudmyla Blonska failed a drugs test and so lost her medal 

Group A 16 AUG 2008 19:00 Please click on a row below to view more information

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK Points DETAIL Attempt 1 Attempt 2 Attempt 3
1 Sonja Kesselschläger GER GER 44.28 750 SB 44.28 42.62 41.99
2 Jessica Zelinka CAN CAN 43.91 742 PB 43.91 43.85 43.60
3 Kylie Wheeler AUS AUS 43.81 741 PB 43.81 42.93 42.69
4 Yuliya Tarasova UZB UZB 43.31 731 PB 40.54 43.31 39.98
5 Jolanda Keizer NED NED 42.76 720     41.43 42.76
6 Kaie Kand EST EST 42.51 716 PB 42.51 41.57 41.36
7 Haili Liu CHN CHN 41.79 702 SB 38.30 41.31 41.79
8 G. Pramila Aiyappa IND IND 41.27 692   37.28 37.62 41.27
9 Lucimara da Silva BRA BRA 40.34 674 SB 40.34 38.08 35.64
10 Sushmitha Singha Roy IND IND 39.79 663   38.60 39.79 38.98
11 Yana Maksimava BLR BLR 39.14 651   39.14 38.58 39.14
12 Julie Hollman GBR GBR 39.08 650   37.18 39.08  
13 Aiga Grabuste LAT LAT 39.02 649   34.63 38.53 39.02
14 Gretchen Quintana CUB CUB 38.14 632 PB 38.14 37.58 35.12
15 Kelly Sotherton GBR GBR 37.66 622 SB   37.66 34.33
16 Karolina Tyminska POL POL 35.97 590     35.97 34.02
17 Hanna Melnychenko UKR UKR 35.89 589     30.09 35.89
18 Anna Bogdanova RUS RUS 35.41 579     34.77 35.41
  Viktorija Žemaityté LTU LTU DNS 0        

Group B 16 AUG 2008 20:10 Please click on a row below to view more information

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK Points DETAIL Attempt 1 Attempt 2 Attempt 3
1 Kamila Chudzik POL POL 52.05 900   50.11 49.31 52.05
2 Lilli Schwarzkopf GER GER 51.88 897   51.69 51.88 51.52
3 Niina Kelo FIN FIN 51.48 889   46.10 51.48 50.36
4 Antoinette Nana Djimou Ida FRA FRA 49.32 847   48.65 49.32 41.64
5 Natallia Dobrynska UKR UKR 48.60 833 PB 48.19   48.60
6 Laurien Hoos NED NED 48.54 832   42.76 48.54 47.00
7 Tatyana Chernova RUS RUS 48.37 829   47.12   48.37
8 Jennifer Oeser GER GER 47.53 812 SB 47.22 42.46 47.53
9 Ida Marcussen NOR NOR 47.37 809   46.60 47.37  
10 Linda Züblin SUI SUI 47.19 806   46.56 47.19 46.69
11 Marie Collonvillé FRA FRA 46.14 785     43.01 46.14
12 Aryiró Stratáki GRE GRE 45.20 767 SB 45.20 43.09  
13 Javur J. Shobha IND IND 43.50 735   43.50 41.48 42.13
14 Györgyi Farkas-Zsivoczky HUN HUN 43.45 734   42.49 41.87 43.45
15 Olga Kurban RUS RUS 42.85 722   42.85 41.13 38.24
16 Rebecca Wardell NZL NZL 42.14 708   40.13 42.14 41.92
17 Hyleas Fountain USA USA 41.93 704   33.27 34.70 41.93
  Lyudmyla Blonska UKR UKR DQ 0        
  Austra Skujyte LTU LTU DNS 0        
  Jacquelyn Johnson USA USA DNS 0

Women's Heptathlon 800m - FINAL Event

 

Dobrynska hangs on to the lead in the final event, takes Olympic title

There was going to be a new Olympic champion in Beijing given that reigning champion Carolina Klüft (SWE) was not competing, but few would have picked Nataliya Dobrynska (UKR) for the gold medal. But the 26-year-old Ukrainian, who had not finish higher than 8th before in major championships, set six personal bests (including one in heptathlon total) and two season’s best results during the competition.

Such magic with an athlete setting a season’s best in every of the seven heptathlon events and the total score is very rare. Dobrynska capped heptathlon with a good 800m race finishing in 2:17.72, exactly what was expected from her – in the only other heptathlon this season she ran 2:17.73!

Dobrynska, who was the pentathlon silver medallist at the 2004 World Indoor Championships, had only scored 6268 points in her only heptathlon of the year and had a previous personal best 6387 dating back to May 2004.

She added nearly 400 points for a marvellous World leading 6733 winning score here. But it didn’t come easy in the last event. Although Dobrynska did not fail in the 800m, it was the other top athletes who had not been very good in the first two events of the second day, now impressing.

Lyudmyla Blonska, another Ukrainian, was fighting for the gold in the last event and cut 2.74 seconds off her personal best in the 800m. But 2:09.44 was still a couple of seconds off what was needed and the Osaka World Championships silver medallist got an Olympic silver this time with a season’s best 6700 points.

Hyleas Fountain (USA), who was second after six events, isn’t known for her powerful 800m running, but she did do very well knowing she would get an Olympic bronze medal for her troubles. The American set a personal best 2:15.45 in the 800m bettering her 2006 mark by more than a second. She had not run under 2:20 since 2006 and scored a good 6619 points for the third place just slightly missing her PB 6667.

In fourth Tatyana Chernova (RUS) made a fierce attempt to capture the bronze in the 800m just missing the medal, but ending up with a great 800m personal best 2:06.50 and a total score 6591.

Kelly Sotherton (GBR) set a personal best 2:07.34 in the 800m and was fifth in the competition with a total score of 6517 points, the second best result of her career. In Athens 2004 she only needed 6424 points for the bronze and 6510 points for the same placing in Osaka 2007 so this was a high standard competition.

Jessica Zelinka was 6th with a Canadian national record 6490 and Anna Bogdanova (RUS) 7th with a 6465 personal best. Also Polish Karolina Tyminska set a personal best 6428 for 8th place.

22 athletes went over 6000 points in the competition as opposed to 17 in Osaka 2007, just to show how good a competition the heptathlon was here in Beijing.

Mirko Jalava for the IAAF

Please NOTE when reading each event report that Silver medallist Lyudmyla Blonska failed a drugs test and so lost her medal 

Heat 1 16 AUG 2008 21:35 Please click on a row below to view more information

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK   Points
1 Kaie Kand EST EST 2:13.36 PB 916
2 Györgyi Farkas-Zsivoczky HUN HUN 2:14.05 PB 906
3 Aryiró Stratáki GRE GRE 2:14.57 PB 899
4 Linda Züblin SUI SUI 2:18.68   842
5 Sushmitha Singha Roy IND IND 2:21.14   808
6 Yana Maksimava BLR BLR 2:21.55   803
7 Julie Hollman GBR GBR 2:22.54   789
 

Heat 2 16 AUG 2008 21:44 Please click on a row below to view more information

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK   Points
1 Rebecca Wardell NZL NZL 2:13.65   912
2 Ida Marcussen NOR NOR 2:14.96 SB 893
3 Gretchen Quintana CUB CUB 2:20.31   819
4 Niina Kelo FIN FIN 2:20.97 PB 810
5 G. Pramila Aiyappa IND IND 2:23.46   777
6 Yuliya Tarasova UZB UZB 2:26.19 SB 741
7 Javur J. Shobha IND IND 2:27.50   725
 

Heat 3 16 AUG 2008 21:53 Please click on a row below to view more information

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK   Points
1 Hanna Melnychenko UKR UKR 2:15.23   890
2 Sonja Kesselschläger GER GER 2:15.94   880
3 Lucimara da Silva BRA BRA 2:16.20 PB 876
4 Aiga Grabuste LAT LAT 2:16.87   867
5 Haili Liu CHN CHN 2:18.84 PB 839
6 Antoinette Nana Djimou Ida FRA FRA 2:20.96   811
  Laurien Hoos NED NED DNS   0
 

Heat 4 16 AUG 2008 22:02 Please click on a row below to view more information

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK   Points
1 Karolina Tyminska POL POL 2:07.08   1008
2 Lilli Schwarzkopf GER GER 2:10.91 SB 951
3 Jennifer Oeser GER GER 2:11.33 PB 945
4 Kylie Wheeler AUS AUS 2:11.49 SB 943
5 Marie Collonvillé FRA FRA 2:11.81 PB 938
6 Olga Kurban RUS RUS 2:13.59   913
7 Kamila Chudzik POL POL 2:21.97   797
 

Heat 5 16 AUG 2008 22:11 Please click on a row below to view more information

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK   Points
1 Tatyana Chernova RUS RUS 2:06.50 PB 1016
2 Kelly Sotherton GBR GBR 2:07.34 PB 1004
3 Jessica Zelinka CAN CAN 2:07.95 PB 995
4 Anna Bogdanova RUS RUS 2:09.45 PB 973
5 Jolanda Keizer NED NED 2:15.21 PB 890
6 Hyleas Fountain USA USA 2:15.45 PB 886
7 Natallia Dobrynska UKR UKR 2:17.72 SB 855
  Lyudmyla Blonska UKR UKR DQ   0
 

 

 

 

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