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Kelly Sotherton

Full name: Kelly Jade Sotherton
Gender: Female
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 146 lbs (66 kg)
Born: November 13, 1976 in Newport, Isle of Wight, Great Britain
Affiliations: Birchfield Harriers, Birmingham (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

A native of the Isle of Wight, Kelly Sotherton showed potential to be a top class athlete early in her career but it was not until she was already in her mid-twenties that she emerged as a world class competitor. After breaking 6,000 points in the heptathlon for the first time in 2003 she made a considerable improvement in the early part of 2004 and started the Athens Olympics in the new found position of British number one heptathlete. After a solid first day of Olympic competition she produced a very poor performance in the javelin and it was only an inspired 800 metre run that allowed her to win the bronze medal. Her weakness in the javelin was to cost her dearly at both the 2005 World Championships and the 2006 European Championships, where medal winning positions were lost due to disastrous performances in the discipline, although she did triumph in the less rarified atmosphere of the Commonwealth Games. Her javelin weakness was mitigated by another barnstorming run in the 800 at the 2007 World Championships and she was able to add a World Championship bronze to her collection. A second Olympic medal was beyond her reach in 2008 and, after losing most of 2009 and 2010 due to injury, she decided to retire as a heptathlete with a view to continuing as a 400 metre specialist. After moderate success she announced that, as of late 2011, she would be returning to the heptathlon with a view to competing at the 2012 Olympics. A forthright and opinionated character, she had a bitter rivalry with Liudmyla Blonska after the latter's return to athletics after a doping ban.

Personal Best: Hep – 6547 (2005).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
2004 Summer 27 Athina Athletics Women's Heptathlon Great Britain GBR 3 Bronze
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Athletics Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay Great Britain GBR 5
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Athletics Women's Heptathlon Great Britain GBR 4

Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A)
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Athletics Great Britain GBR Final 5 50.35
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Athletics Great Britain GBR Round One Heat One 3 QU 50.57

Women's Heptathlon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank P(1985AT) T(A) RT L H C/F/P MAH TM D P(1985T) BMD
2004 Summer 27 Athina Athletics Great Britain Final Standings 3 6.424
2004 Summer 27 Athina Athletics Great Britain 100 metre hurdles 7T 1.059 13.44
2004 Summer 27 Athina Athletics Great Britain 100 metre hurdles Heat One 5 13.44 0.205 6
2004 Summer 27 Athina Athletics Great Britain High Jump 2T 1.041 1.85
2004 Summer 27 Athina Athletics Great Britain High Jump Group B 1T 1.85
2004 Summer 27 Athina Athletics Great Britain High Jump Group B 1.70 metres 1T o 0 0
2004 Summer 27 Athina Athletics Great Britain High Jump Group B 1.73 metres 1T o 0 0
2004 Summer 27 Athina Athletics Great Britain High Jump Group B 1.76 metres 1T o 0 0
2004 Summer 27 Athina Athletics Great Britain High Jump Group B 1.79 metres 1T o 0 0
2004 Summer 27 Athina Athletics Great Britain High Jump Group B 1.82 metres 1T o 0 0
2004 Summer 27 Athina Athletics Great Britain High Jump Group B 1.85 metres 1T o 0 0
2004 Summer 27 Athina Athletics Great Britain High Jump Group B 1.88 metres 1T xxx 3 3
2004 Summer 27 Athina Athletics Great Britain Shot put 15 13.29 747
2004 Summer 27 Athina Athletics Great Britain Shot put Group B 8 13.29
2004 Summer 27 Athina Athletics Great Britain Shot put Group B Round One 5 13.27
2004 Summer 27 Athina Athletics Great Britain Shot put Group B Round Two 8 13.20 13.27
2004 Summer 27 Athina Athletics Great Britain Shot put Group B Round Three 8 13.29 13.29
2004 Summer 27 Athina Athletics Great Britain 200 metres 5 1.022 23.57
2004 Summer 27 Athina Athletics Great Britain 200 metres Heat One 5 23.57 0.272 8
2004 Summer 27 Athina Athletics Great Britain Long jump 2 6.51 1.010
2004 Summer 27 Athina Athletics Great Britain Long jump Group A 1 6.51
2004 Summer 27 Athina Athletics Great Britain Long jump Group A Round One NP foul
2004 Summer 27 Athina Athletics Great Britain Long jump Group A Round Two NP foul
2004 Summer 27 Athina Athletics Great Britain Long jump Group A Round Three 1 6.51 6.51
2004 Summer 27 Athina Athletics Great Britain Javelin throw 28 37.19 613
2004 Summer 27 Athina Athletics Great Britain Javelin throw Group B 15 37.19
2004 Summer 27 Athina Athletics Great Britain Javelin throw Group B Round One 14 35.42
2004 Summer 27 Athina Athletics Great Britain Javelin throw Group B Round Two 15 37.14 37.14
2004 Summer 27 Athina Athletics Great Britain Javelin throw Group B Round Three 15 37.19 37.19
2004 Summer 27 Athina Athletics Great Britain 800 metres 3 932 2:12.27
2004 Summer 27 Athina Athletics Great Britain 800 metres Heat Four 1 2:12.27
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Athletics Great Britain Final Standings 4 6,517
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Athletics Great Britain 100 metre hurdles 4 1097 13.18
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Athletics Great Britain 100 metre hurdles Heat Five 4 13.18 0.214 8
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Athletics Great Britain High Jump 7 1,016 1.83
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Athletics Great Britain High Jump Group B 6 1.83
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Athletics Great Britain High Jump Group B 1.50 metres NP pass
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Athletics Great Britain High Jump Group B 1.53 metres NP pass
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Athletics Great Britain High Jump Group B 1.56 metres NP pass
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Athletics Great Britain High Jump Group B 1.59 metres NP pass
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Athletics Great Britain High Jump Group B 1.62 metres NP pass
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Athletics Great Britain High Jump Group B 1.65 metres NP pass
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Athletics Great Britain High Jump Group B 1.68 metres NP pass
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Athletics Great Britain High Jump Group B 1.71 metres NP pass
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Athletics Great Britain High Jump Group B 1.74 metres 1T o 0 0
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Athletics Great Britain High Jump Group B 1.77 metres 1T o 0 0
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Athletics Great Britain High Jump Group B 1.80 metres 1T o 0 0
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Athletics Great Britain High Jump Group B 1.83 metres 5 foulfoulo 2 2
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Athletics Great Britain High Jump Group B 1.86 metres 6 foulfoulfoul 3 5
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Athletics Great Britain Shot put 13 13.87 785
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Athletics Great Britain Shot put Group A 12 13.87
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Athletics Great Britain Shot put Group A Round One 9 13.87
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Athletics Great Britain Shot put Group A Round Two 11 13.66 13.87
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Athletics Great Britain Shot put Group A Round Three NP 13.57
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Athletics Great Britain 200 metres 2 1040 23.39
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Athletics Great Britain 200 metres Heat Two 2 23.39 0.226 3
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Athletics Great Britain Long jump 8 6.33 953
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Athletics Great Britain Long jump Group B 7 6.33
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Athletics Great Britain Long jump Group B Round One 2T 6.21
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Athletics Great Britain Long jump Group B Round Two 4 6.33 6.33
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Athletics Great Britain Long jump Group B Round Three 7 6.29
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Athletics Great Britain Javelin throw 32 37.66 622
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Athletics Great Britain Javelin throw Group A 15 37.66
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Athletics Great Britain Javelin throw Group A Round One AC foul
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Athletics Great Britain Javelin throw Group A Round Two 14 37.66 37.66
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Athletics Great Britain Javelin throw Group A Round Three NP 34.33
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Athletics Great Britain 800 metres 3 1004 2:07.34
2008 Summer 31 Beijing Athletics Great Britain 800 metres Heat Five 2 2:07.34
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