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Denise Lewis

Full name: Denise Lewis
Gender: Female
Height: 5-9 (176 cm)
Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
Born: August 27, 1972 in West Bromwich, West Midlands, Great Britain
Affiliations: Birchfield Harriers, Birmingham (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Mother of Rachel Bragg.

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Although she began competing in the heptathlon in 1989, it was not until 1994 that Denise Lewis emerged onto world stage. During the course of the season she added 500 points onto her personal best and scored an upset victory over Jane Flemming at the Commonwealth Games. She placed seventh at the 1995 World Championship then emerged as a serious contender for Olympic honours by breaking the British record in May 1996. At the Atlanta Olympics she overcame a poor start and, with the help of strong performances in the javelin and 800, won the bronze medal by the tiny margin of five points. She was a regular medallist in major championships in the period between Olympics and won silver medals at both the 1997 and 1999 World Championships. Lewis also took the heptathlon title at both the European Championships and Commonwealth Games in 1998. She again raised her British record at the start of 2000 and was co-favourite for the Sydney Olympic title with Eunice Barber. Although Lewis struggled with injury throughout the year she arrived in Sydney in better shape than Barber who did not survive the first day of the event. She took the lead after the sixth event, the javelin, and held on to become the first British female multi-event champion since Mary Peters in 1972. A continuous struggle with injury saw her career decline from this point and she would only complete two more heptathlons in the rest of the career. She returned to place fifth in the 2003 World Championships but pulled out after five of the seven events at the Athens Olympics and announced her retirement shortly afterwards. Lewis has remained a familiar face on British television as part of the BBC athletics commentary team and as a contestant on the programme "Strictly Come Dancing". She has a daughter from a relationship with Belgian sprinter Patrick Stevens and two children with husband Steve Finan, a music impresario.

Personal Bests: LJ – 6.69 (2000); Hep – 6831 (2000).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Women's Long Jump Great Britain GBR 23 QR
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Women's Heptathlon Great Britain GBR 3 Bronze
2000 Summer 28 Sydney Athletics Women's Heptathlon Great Britain GBR 1 Gold
2004 Summer 31 Athina Athletics Women's Heptathlon Great Britain GBR AC DNF

Women's Long Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D SBMD BMD
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round 23 6.33 NM
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group B 8 6.33 NM
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group B Round One NP foul
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group B Round Two NP foul NM
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group B Round Three 4 6.33

Women's Heptathlon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank P(1985AT) T(A) H P(1985T) C/F/P D RT L MAH TM BMD
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Final Standings 3 6.489
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain 100 metre hurdles 6 1.058 13.45
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain 100 metre hurdles Heat Three 2 1.058 13.45
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain High jump 12T 1.77 941
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain High jump 1.68 metres NP xo
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain High jump 1.71 metres NP o
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain High jump 1.74 metres NP o
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain High jump 1.77 metres NP xo
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain High jump 1.80 metres NP xxx
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Shot put 9 789 13.92
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Shot put Round One NP 13.79
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Shot put Round Two NP 13.92
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Shot put Round Three NP 13.61
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain 200 metres 7 939 24.44
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain 200 metres Heat Three 2 939 24.44
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Long jump 9T 949 6.32
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Long jump Round One NP foul
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Long jump Round Two NP 6.32
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Long jump Round Three NP foul
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Javelin throw 2 954 54.82
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Javelin throw Round One NP 45.90
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Javelin throw Round Two NP 50.10
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Javelin throw Round Three NP 54.82
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain 800 metres 13 859 2:17.41
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain 800 metres Heat Four 5 859 2:17.41
2000 Summer 28 Sydney Athletics Great Britain Final Standings 1 6.584
2000 Summer 28 Sydney Athletics Great Britain 100 metre hurdles 2 1.090 13.23
2000 Summer 28 Sydney Athletics Great Britain 100 metre hurdles Heat Four 2 1.090 13.23
2000 Summer 28 Sydney Athletics Great Britain High jump 13T 1.75 916
2000 Summer 28 Sydney Athletics Great Britain High jump 1.72 metres NP o
2000 Summer 28 Sydney Athletics Great Britain High jump 1.75 metres NP o
2000 Summer 28 Sydney Athletics Great Britain High jump 1.81 metres NP xxx
2000 Summer 28 Sydney Athletics Great Britain Shot put 1 898 15.55
2000 Summer 28 Sydney Athletics Great Britain Shot put Round One NP 14.83
2000 Summer 28 Sydney Athletics Great Britain Shot put Round Two NP 15.27
2000 Summer 28 Sydney Athletics Great Britain Shot put Round Three NP 15.55
2000 Summer 28 Sydney Athletics Great Britain 200 metres 8 948 24.34
2000 Summer 28 Sydney Athletics Great Britain 200 metres Heat Four 6 948 24.34
2000 Summer 28 Sydney Athletics Great Britain Long jump 3 1.001 6.48
2000 Summer 28 Sydney Athletics Great Britain Long jump Round One NP 6.23
2000 Summer 28 Sydney Athletics Great Britain Long jump Round Two NP 6.48
2000 Summer 28 Sydney Athletics Great Britain Long jump Round Three NP 6.38
2000 Summer 28 Sydney Athletics Great Britain Javelin throw 2 864 50.19
2000 Summer 28 Sydney Athletics Great Britain Javelin throw Round One NP 50.12
2000 Summer 28 Sydney Athletics Great Britain Javelin throw Round Two NP 48.90
2000 Summer 28 Sydney Athletics Great Britain Javelin throw Round Three NP 50.19
2000 Summer 28 Sydney Athletics Great Britain 800 metres 14 867 2:16.83
2000 Summer 28 Sydney Athletics Great Britain 800 metres Heat Four 7 867 2:16.83
2004 Summer 31 Athina Athletics Great Britain Final Standings AC DNF
2004 Summer 31 Athina Athletics Great Britain 100 metre hurdles 6 1.065 13.40
2004 Summer 31 Athina Athletics Great Britain 100 metre hurdles Heat Three 1 13.40 0.180 3
2004 Summer 31 Athina Athletics Great Britain High Jump 17T 891 1.73
2004 Summer 31 Athina Athletics Great Britain High Jump Group B 6T 1.73
2004 Summer 31 Athina Athletics Great Britain High Jump Group B 1.67 metres 1T o 0 0
2004 Summer 31 Athina Athletics Great Britain High Jump Group B 1.70 metres 1T o 0 0
2004 Summer 31 Athina Athletics Great Britain High Jump Group B 1.73 metres 1T o 0 0
2004 Summer 31 Athina Athletics Great Britain High Jump Group B 1.76 metres 6T xxx 3 3
2004 Summer 31 Athina Athletics Great Britain Shot put 2 883 15.33
2004 Summer 31 Athina Athletics Great Britain Shot put Group A 1 15.33
2004 Summer 31 Athina Athletics Great Britain Shot put Group A Round One 1 14.30
2004 Summer 31 Athina Athletics Great Britain Shot put Group A Round Two 1 15.33 15.33
2004 Summer 31 Athina Athletics Great Britain Shot put Group A Round Three 1 14.53 15.33
2004 Summer 31 Athina Athletics Great Britain 200 metres 27 849 25.42
2004 Summer 31 Athina Athletics Great Britain 200 metres Heat Five 6 25.42 0.275 7
2004 Summer 31 Athina Athletics Great Britain Long jump 25 816 5.89
2004 Summer 31 Athina Athletics Great Britain Long jump Group B 13 5.89
2004 Summer 31 Athina Athletics Great Britain Long jump Group B Round One 8 5.89
2004 Summer 31 Athina Athletics Great Britain Long jump Group B Round Two 11 foul 5.89
2004 Summer 31 Athina Athletics Great Britain Long jump Group B Round Three 13 5.81 5.89
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