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Athletics at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Women's Heptathlon

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Athens Olympic Sports Complex Spiros Loues, Maroussi
Date Started: August 20, 2004
Date Finished: August 21, 2004
Format: Scoring by 1985 point tables.

Gold: SWE Carolina Klüft
Silver: LTU Austra Skujytė
Bronze: GBR Kelly Sotherton

Summary

Carolina Klüft (SWE) had won the 2003 World Championship, becoming only the third woman over 7,000 points, with Eunice Barber, a native of Sierra Leone now representing France, placing second. But the battle between the two in 2004 never occurred as Barber was injured most of the year. This left Klüft, also the 2002 European Champion, with no real competition. She placed fourth in the high hurdles, trailing the three Americans, but her 1.91 (6-3¼) high jump put her into the lead for good. She led after day one by 240 points and eventually won by over 500 points, the largest margin of victory ever in the event at the Olympics. Kelly Sotherton (GBR) moved into second place after the long jump, but Austra Skujtė (LTU) outthrew her in the javelin and held her off in the 800 to win the silver medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal P(1985AT)
1 Carolina Klüft 21 Sweden SWE Gold 6.952
2 Austra Skujytė 24 Lithuania LTU Silver 6.435
3 Kelly Sotherton 27 Great Britain GBR Bronze 6.424
4 Shelia Burrell 32 United States USA 6.296
5 Yelena Prokhorova 26 Russia RUS 6.289
6 Sonja Kesselschläger 26 Germany GER 6.287
7 Marie Collonvillé 30 France FRA 6.279
8 Nataliya Dobrynska 22 Ukraine UKR 6.255
9 Margaret Simpson 22 Ghana GHA 6.253
10 Svetlana Sokolova 23 Russia RUS 6.210
11 J. J. Shobha 26 India IND 6.172
12 Claudia Tonn 23 Germany GER 6.155
13 Naide Gomes 24 Portugal POR 6.151
14 Michelle Perry 25 United States USA 6.124
15 Argyro Strataki 29 Greece GRE 6.117
16 Karin Ruckstuhl 24 Netherlands NED 6.108
17 Karin Ertl 30 Germany GER 6.095
18 Kylie Wheeler 24 Australia AUS 6.090
19 Janice Josephs 22 South Africa RSA 6.074
20 Tiffany Lott-Hogan 29 United States USA 6.066
21 Magdalena Szczepańska 24 Poland POL 6.012
22 Irina Naumenko-Karpova 24 Kazakhstan KAZ 6.000
23 Yuliya Akulenko 27 Ukraine UKR 5.996
24 Soma Biswas 26 India IND 5.965
25 Marsha Mark-Baird 30 Trinidad and Tobago TTO 5.962
26 Michaela Hejnová 24 Czech Republic CZE 5.716
27 Shen Shengfei 24 China CHN 4.949
28 Yuki Nakata 27 Japan JPN 4.871
AC Svetlana Kazanina 32 Kazakhstan KAZ DNF
AC Denise Lewis 31 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Tiia Hautala 32 Finland FIN DNF
AC Anzhela Atroshchenko 33 Turkey TUR DNF
AC Natasha Sazanovich 30 Belarus BLR DNF
AC Tatyana Gordeyeva 31 Russia RUS DNF