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Athletics at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Women's Heptathlon

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 3, 2012
Date Finished: August 4, 2012
Format: Scoring by 1985 point tables.

Gold: GBR Jessica Ennis
Silver: GER Lilli Schwarzkopf
Bronze: RUS Tatyana Chernova

Summary

The favorite coming in was Russian Tatyana Chernova, the 2011 World Champion, but British fans would not hear of that. All their hopes rested on Jessica Ennis, who had finished second at the 2011 Worlds. Chernova towered over Ennis, but the smaller Brit was very good in the hurdles and long jump, making up her for size disadvantage. Ukrainian Nataliya Dobrynska was the defending champion and considered a challenger for gold again. The three had shared the #1 world ranking since 2008, with Dobrynska leading in 2008, Ennis in 2009-10, and Chernova in 2011. Another medal contender was American Hyleas Fountain, the Beijing silver medalist, but she had injury issues. Both Fountain and Dobrynska would eventually drop out of the competition, Fountain after the javelin and Dobrynska after the long jump.

Ennis opened up with her best event, the high hurdles, and jumped to an early lead with 12.54, the best ever mark posted in a heptathlon, and one which would have placed her fourth in the open high hurdles. She maintained her lead with a 1.86 high jump, with Fountain moving into second place, only 25 points back. Chernova was only 16th after the second event. Chernova's gold medal hopes went awry in the shot put, when she posted only 14.17, not even equalling Ennis's throw of 14.28. Chernova was mired in 13th place, while Ennis dropped to second, behind Lithuanian Austra Skujytė, whose throw of 17.31 was an all-time heptathlon record. The first day ended with Ennis moving well back into the lead with a 200 time of 22.83 for 4,158 points, Skujtė in second but almost 200 points behind. Chernova moved up to ninth after day one.

On day two Chernova improved with a long jump of 6.54, which led the hept, and moved her up to third place. But Ennis nearly matched that with a jump of 6.48 and increased her lead over Skujtė to 258 points. Ennis then threw a PR 47.49 in the javelin which all but secured her the gold medal. Skujtė still trailed in second, with Chernova now only sixth.

The 800 began in the dark of a Saturday evening that would prove mystical for British fans. As Ennis was about to start her 800, British long jumper Greg Rutherford recorded a mark that would win him the gold medal a few moments later. Ennis refused to jog the 800, leading the first lap in 1:01.89, and coming home in 2:08.65 for a gold medal by over 300 points as the British crowd went crazy. Behind her, German Lilli Schwarzkopf moved up from fifth place with a 2:10.50 to earn silver, and Chernova's 2:09.56 brought her the bronze medal, as Skujtė could only run 2:20.59 and dropped back to fifth, also trailing Ukrainian Liudmyla Iosypenko.

Shortly after Ennis won her gold medal, the men's 10,000 metres started and Britain's Mo Farah won another British gold medal, to the delight of the adoring crowd. Three British golds in one night were highlighted by Jessica Ennis proving herself the world's greatest woman athlete.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal P(1985AT)
1 Jessica Ennis 26 Great Britain GBR Gold 6955
2 Lilli Schwarzkopf 28 Germany GER Silver 6649
3 Tatyana Chernova 24 Russia RUS Bronze 6628
4 Austra Skujytė 32 Lithuania LTU 6599
5 Antoinette Nana Djimou 26 France FRA 6576
6 Jessica Zelinka 30 Canada CAN 6480
7 Kristina Savitskaya 21 Russia RUS 6452
8 Laura Ikauniece 20 Latvia LAT 6414
9 Hanna Melnychenko 29 Ukraine UKR 6392
10 Brianne Theisen 23 Canada CAN 6383
11 Dafne Schippers 20 Netherlands NED 6324
12 Nadine Broersen 22 Netherlands NED 6319
13 Jessica Samuelsson 27 Sweden SWE 6300
14 Katarina Johnson-Thompson 19 Great Britain GBR 6267
15 Sharon Day 27 United States USA 6232
16 Yana Maksimova 23 Belarus BLR 6198
17 Eliška Klučinová 24 Czech Republic CZE 6109
18 Ellen Sprunger 25 Switzerland SUI 6107
19 Olga Kurban 24 Russia RUS 6084
20 Marisa de Aniceto 25 France FRA 6030
21 Győrgyi Farkas 27 Hungary HUN 6013
22 Grit Šadeiko 22 Estonia EST 6013
23 Sofia Ifantidou 27 Greece GRE 5947
24 Ivona Dadic 18 Austria AUT 5935
25 Sarah Cowley 28 New Zealand NZL 5873
26 Louise Hazel 26 Great Britain GBR 5856
27 Ida Marcussen 24 Norway NOR 5846
28 Chantae McMillan 24 United States USA 5688
29 Jennifer Oeser 28 Germany GER 5455
30 Julia Mächtig 26 Germany GER 5338
31 Irina Naumenko-Karpova 32 Kazakhstan KAZ 5319
AC Sara Aerts 28 Belgium BEL DNF
AC Aiga Grabuste 24 Latvia LAT DNF
AC Uhunoma Osazuwa 24 Nigeria NGR DNF
AC Karolina Tymińska 27 Poland POL DNF
AC Nataliya Dobrynska 30 Ukraine UKR DNF
AC Hyleas Fountain 31 United States USA DNF
4 Liudmyla Iosypenko 27 Ukraine UKR [6618]