On This Day

The Heptathlon in History

Events in Sport

  • 1986-07-07 American athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee sets world heptathlon record of 7,148 points in the inaugural Goodwill Games at Moscow
  • 1986-08-02 American athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee beats her own world heptathlon record by 13 points (7,161) in Houston
  • 1988-07-16 Jackie Joyner-Kersee sets women's heptathlete record of 7,215 pts
  • 1988-09-24 American heptathlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee sets new world record 7,291 points to win the gold medal at the Seoul Olympics; East Germans Sabine John & Anke Behmer take the minor medals
  • 1988-09-29 American athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee wins her second gold medal of the Seoul Olympics by taking the long jump with an Olympic record leap of 7.40m; previously won the heptathlon
  • 1992-08-02 American Jacki Joyner-Kersee becomes first athlete to win consecutive gold medals in the gruelling heptathlon with a 199 point win over Irina Belova (Soviet Union) at the Barcelona Olympics

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1960-12-04 Glynis Nunn, Australian athlete (Olympic gold heptathlon 1984), born in Toowoomba, Australia
  • 1965-03-18 Birgit Clarius, German heptathlete
  • 1967-09-20 Catherine Bond-Mills, Canadian heptathlete (Olympics 1996), born in Woodstock, Ontario
  • 1968-03-27 Irina Belova, Russian heptathlete (world record 1992), born in Angarsk, Russia
  • 1972-04-07 Shana Williams, Bridgeton NJ, long jumper/heptathlete
  • 1972-04-27 Alison McKnight, 100m hurdler and heptathlete, born in Bakersfield, California
  • 1972-08-27 Denise Lewis, English heptathlete
  • 1973-09-10 Ghada Shouaa, Syrian athlete (Syria's 1st Olympic gold heptathlon 1996; World C'ship gold 1995), born in Mhardeh, Syria
  • 1975-06-23 Jane Jamieson, Australian heptathlete (Olympics 1996)
  • 1975-08-03 Aryiro Strataki, Greek heptathlete, born in Heraklion, Greece
  • 1976-11-13 Kelly Sotherton, English heptathlete
  • 1978-01-20 Sonja Kesselschläger, German heptathlete, born in Finsterwalde, Germany
  • 1982-05-29 Nataliya Dobrynska, Ukrainian heptathlete (Olympic gold 2008), born in Yakushyntsi, Vinnytsia Oblast, Ukraine
  • 1983-02-02 Carolina Klüft, Swedish track and field athlete, noted for excellence in heptathlon (Olympic gold, 2004; World Champion, 2003, 2005, 2007), born in Sandhult, Sweden
  • 1986-01-28 Jessica Ennis, English athlete (Olympic gold heptathlon 2012; World C'ship gold 2009, 11, 15), born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England