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Joyner Kersee
Joyner Kersee: The greatest heptathlete of all time
Seven tough events combine to make the ultimate women's athletic challenge.

The heptathlon is a test of strength, skill and endurance with points awarded for their best performance in each event.

Denise Lewis
Denise Lewis found glory in Sydney
The action starts with the 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200m on the first day, and the long jump, javelin and 800m completing the competition.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee (USA) born 3.3.62
As a superb all-round athlete, this American superstar was perfect for the heptathlon.

In the World Championships, she was heptathlon champion in 1987 and 1993. And on the Olympic stage, after a silver in 1984, she struck gold in 1988 and 1992.

Not content with just the multi-events, she was also a magnificent long jumper. She won two World championships, along with a gold and two bronzes in the Olympics.

Seoul in 1988 was quite an occasion for her. Her double victory was accompanied with world records for both events. The heptathlon score of 7291 still stands today.

Britainís Denise Lewis is the current force in heptathlon after overcoming injury to be Olympic champion at Sydney in 2000, four years after her bronze in Atlanta.

Record breaker ::
Jackie Joyner-Kersee (USA): 7291 points, 24.9.88
Heptathlon rules ::
The rules of each individual event apply except in the following instances:
you are allowed one more false start (three not two) before being disqualified in the running events
You are allowed only three goes in each field event
Failure to compete in an event will mean elimination for the overall competition


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