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Women's Heptathlon

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Stadium, Beijing
Date Started: August 15, 2008
Date Finished: August 16, 2008
Format: Scoring by 1985 point tables.

Gold: UKR Nataliya Dobrynska
Silver: USA Hyleas Fountain
Bronze: RUS Tatyana Chernova

Summary

The top heptathlete in the past few years had been Sweden’s Carolina Klüft. She was the defending champion and World Champion in 2005 and 2007, but announced in early 2008 she would no longer compete in the heptathlon and compete only in the long and triple jumps. Without her, the event was wide-open, although Britain’s Kelly Sotherton had some support, as did Russian Tatyana Chernova. But in the end the gold went to an athlete given minimal consideration, Nataliya Dobrynska of the Ukraine. Dobrynska came in with a PR of only 6,268 from 2004, but she PRed in five of the seven events and bettered her overall PR by 365 points to win. Behind her was American Hyleas Fountain , who led after the hurdles, the high jump, and at the end of the first day. Dobrynska passed her to take the lead in the long jump, the first event of day two, and Fountain knew she would have to work to medal, as the javelin and 800 were not good events for her. In the 800 she ran a 2:15.45 to hang to what appeared to be a bronze medal, having been passed by Dobrynska’s countrywoman, Lyudmila Blonska, who ran 2:09.44 in the 800 to move up. But Blonska then tested positive for testosterone and was disqualified. She had already served a steroid ban in 2003-2004, so this second doping positive earned her a lifetime ban from the sport. Chernova moved up to the bronze medal after Blonska’s disqualification, with Sotherton fourth.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal P(1985AT)
1 Nataliya Dobrynska 26 Ukraine UKR Gold 6,733
2 Hyleas Fountain 27 United States USA Silver 6,619
3 Tatyana Chernova 20 Russia RUS Bronze 6,591
4 Kelly Sotherton 31 Great Britain GBR 6,517
5 Jessica Zelinka 26 Canada CAN 6,490
6 Anna Bogdanova 23 Russia RUS 6,465
7 Karolina Tymińska 23 Poland POL 6,428
8 Lilli Schwarzkopf 24 Germany GER 6,379
9 Jolanda Keizer 23 Netherlands NED 6,370
10 Kylie Wheeler 28 Australia AUS 6,369
11 Jennifer Oeser 24 Germany GER 6,360
12 Marie Collonvillé 34 France FRA 6,302
13 Olga Kurban 20 Russia RUS 6,192
14 Hanna Melnychenko 25 Ukraine UKR 6,165
15 Kamila Chudzik 21 Poland POL 6,157
16 Sonja Kesselschläger 30 Germany GER 6,140
17 Lucimara Silva 23 Brazil BRA 6,076
18 Antoinette Nana Djimou 23 France FRA 6,055
19 Aiga Grabuste 20 Latvia LAT 6,050
20 Liu Haili 25 China CHN 6,041
21 Ida Marcussen 20 Norway NOR 6,015
22 Rebecca Wardell 30 New Zealand NZL 5,989
23 Niina Kelo 28 Finland FIN 5,911
24 Argyro Strataki 33 Greece GRE 5,893
25 Gretchen Quintana 24 Cuba CUB 5,830
26 Yuliya Tarasova 22 Uzbekistan UZB 5,785
27 Prameela Ganapathy 31 India IND 5,771
28 Győrgyi Farkas 23 Hungary HUN 5,760
29 J. J. Shobha 30 India IND 5,749
30 Linda Züblin 22 Switzerland SUI 5,743
31 Julie Hollman 31 Great Britain GBR 5,729
32 Sushmitha Singha Roy 24 India IND 5,705
33 Kaie Kand 24 Estonia EST 5,677
34 Yana Maksimova 19 Belarus BLR 4,806
AC Laurien Hoos 24 Netherlands NED DNF
AC Jackie Johnson 23 United States USA DNF
AC Austra Skujytė 28 Lithuania LTU DNF
AC Viktorija Žemaitytė 23 Lithuania LTU DNF
AC Denisa Ščerbova-Rosolová 21 Czech Republic CZE DNF
AC Wassana Winatho 28 Thailand THA DNF
AC Irina Naumenko-Karpova 28 Kazakhstan KAZ DNF
AC Diana Pickler 24 United States USA DNF
AC Liudmyla Blonska 30 Ukraine UKR [6,700] DQ (doping)