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Women's Heptathlon

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 23, 2000
Date Finished: September 24, 2000
Format: Scoring by 1985 point tables.

Gold: GBR Denise Lewis
Silver: RUS Yelena Prokhorova
Bronze: BLR Natasha Sazanovich

Summary

The event was considered open because of injury problems to the leading contenders. Eunice Barber (FRA/SLE) had won the 1999 World Championships while defending champion Ghada Shouaa (SYR) was back but both were hampered by injuries and neither finished the hep. This left Denise Lewis (GBR), the bronze medalist from 1996, runner-up at the 1997 and 1999 Worlds, and 1998 European Champion, as the leading contender. The silver medalist from 1996, Nataliya "Natasha" Sazanovich (BLR), was also back. Sazanovich led after three events and the first day. She maintained the lead after the long jump, but it was close between her, Lewis, and Russia's Yelena Prokhorova. But Lewis had by far the longest javelin throw among the leaders, and moved 63 points ahead of Sazanovich and 146 ahead of Prokhorova. Prokhorova was the best 800 runner among the three but could not catch Lewis, who won the gold medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal P(1985AT)
1 Denise Lewis 28 Great Britain GBR Gold 6.584
2 Yelena Prokhorova 22 Russia RUS Silver 6.531
3 Natasha Sazanovich 27 Belarus BLR Bronze 6.527
4 Urszula Włodarczyk 34 Poland POL 6.470
5 Sabine Braun 35 Germany GER 6.355
6 Nataliya Roshchupkina 22 Russia RUS 6.237
7 Karin Ertl 26 Germany GER 6.209
8 Tiia Hautala 28 Finland FIN 6.173
9 DeDee Nathan 32 United States USA 6.150
10 Jane Jamieson 25 Australia AUS 6.104
11 Magalys García 28 Cuba CUB 6.054
12 Austra Skujytė 21 Lithuania LTU 6.034
13 Susanna Rajamäki 20 Finland FIN 6.021
14 Gertrud Bacher 29 Italy ITA 5.989
15 Dina Koritskaya 25 Russia RUS 5.975
16 Svetlana Kazanina 28 Kazakhstan KAZ 5.898
17 Yasmina Azzizi 34 Algeria ALG 5.896
18 Viorica Ţigău 21 Romania ROU 5.893
19 Nathalie Teppe 28 France FRA 5.851
20 Larysa Nechyporuk 29 Ukraine UKR 5.762
21 Irina Naumenko-Karpova 20 Kazakhstan KAZ 5.634
22 Marsha Mark-Baird 26 Trinidad and Tobago TTO 5.627
23 Liudmyla Blonska 25 Ukraine UKR 5.585
24 Prameela Ganapathy 23 India IND 5.548
25 Soma Biswas 22 India IND 5.481
26 Shelia Burrell 28 United States USA 5.345
27 Sofiya Kabanova 30 Uzbekistan UZB 5.101
AC Eunice Barber 25 France FRA DNF
AC Inma Clopés 32 Spain ESP DNF
AC Asimina Vanakara 21 Greece GRE DNF
AC Rita Ináncsi 29 Hungary HUN DNF
AC Astrid Retzke 27 Germany GER DNF
AC Ghada Shouaa 27 Syria SYR DNF