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Last Updated: Monday, 3 September 2007, 06:06 GMT 07:06 UK
Sotherton 'might quit heptathlon'
Kelly Sotherton
I am keeping my options open and I don't see why I can't try other sports

Kelly Sotherton
World bronze medallist Kelly Sotherton has said next year's Olympic Games could be her last as a heptathlete.

The 30-year-old Briton added a World Championship medal to the Olympic bronze she won in 2004 after finishing third in Osaka last week.

But she is desperate to compete in the 2012 Olympics injury free and is considering retraining in other sports.

"After Beijing next year I might try something different, maybe kayaking or track cycling," she said.

"I'll probably be no good at them but I am keeping my options open and I don't see why I can't try other sports.

"I have never said 2012 is out of the question for heptathlon but I don't want to go there if I am full of injuries. I still want to have a life after athletics.

"I think heptathlon is an event where there is a high chance of injury and I have already got so many things going on that I struggle even now."

Olympic heptathlon champion Carolina Kluft, who set a new European record to land a third consecutive world crown last week, is also considering a change post-Beijing after dominating the sport for six years.


The 24-year-old looks set to concentrate on the long jump and, despite the prospect of having to compete with the Swede again, it is also the route Sotherton is likely to choose.

Sotherton's lifetime best 6.68m leap would have secured an eighth-place finish in the long jump final at the Worlds.

And the Commonwealth champion is confident she can challenge for medals should she devote all her energy to the one discipline.

"My performance at the worlds confirmed that, if I just jumped, I could be a world-class long jumper," she said.

"I want to just continue at one event and maybe jump and maybe keep my hand in the heptathlon, maybe go to London and do a heptathlon.

"I just want to keep my options open, but I would like to finish next year and do singles events because it is so much easier."

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