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Women's Heptathlon

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Centennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 27, 1996
Date Finished: July 28, 1996
Format: Scoring by 1985 point tables.

Gold: SYR Ghada Shouaa
Silver: BLR Natasha Sazanovich
Bronze: GBR Denise Lewis

Summary

The two-time defending champion, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, was back but injuries left her physical condition a question mark. She placed second in the 100 hurdles with a very slow time (for her) of 13.24 and then had to withdraw. In the shot put, Ghada Shouaa threw 15.95 (52-4) for a new Syrian record and took the lead. She led after day one by 112 points, but Nataliya "Natasha" Sazanovich won the long jump with 6.70 (21-11¾) and took over the lead by five points over Shouaa. But Shouaa’s javelin throw of 55.70 (182-9) sealed the win for her, Sazanovich holding on for the silver medal and Denise Lewis winning the first medal for Britain in the multi-event since Mary Peters gold medal in the pentathlon in 1972.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal P(1985AT)
1 Ghada Shouaa 22 Syria SYR Gold 6.780
2 Natasha Sazanovich 22 Belarus BLR Silver 6.563
3 Denise Lewis 23 Great Britain GBR Bronze 6.489
4 Urszula Włodarczyk 30 Poland POL 6.484
5 Eunice Barber 21 Sierra Leone SLE 6.342
6 Rita Ináncsi 25 Hungary HUN 6.336
7 Sabine Braun 31 Germany GER 6.317
8 Kelly Blair 25 United States USA 6.307
9 Sharon Hanson 30 United States USA 6.292
10 Remigija Sablovskaitė-Nazarovienė 29 Lithuania LTU 6.254
11 Mona Steigauf 26 Germany GER 6.246
12 Regla Cárdeñas 21 Cuba CUB 6.246
13 Peggy Beer 26 Germany GER 6.234
14 Svetlana Moskalets 27 Russia RUS 6.118
15 Magalys García 24 Cuba CUB 6.109
16 Diane Guthrie-Gresham 24 Jamaica JAM 6.087
17 Yelena Lebedenko 25 Russia RUS 6.082
18 Svetlana Kazanina 24 Kazakhstan KAZ 6.002
19 Irina Tyukhay 29 Russia RUS 5.903
20 Jane Jamieson 21 Australia AUS 5.897
21 Tiia Hautala 24 Finland FIN 5.887
22 Liliana Năstase 33 Romania ROU 5.847
23 Patricia Nadler 27 Switzerland SUI 5.803
24 Inma Clopés 28 Spain ESP 5.602
25 Catherine Bond-Mills 28 Canada CAN 5.235
AC Anzhela Atroshchenko 25 Belarus BLR DNF
AC Manuela Marxer 30 Liechtenstein LIE DNF
AC Jackie Joyner-Kersee 34 United States USA DNF
AC Giuliana Spada 25 Italy ITA DNF