Gold and silver for Ukraine in Heptathlon Aug 18, 2008 4:46:51 GMT -5
Post by White Cossack on Aug 18, 2008 4:46:51 GMT -5
(BEIJING, August 16) -- Nataliia Dobrynska from Ukraine won the Women's Heptathlon gold medal with a combined total of 6733 points.
Dobrynska of Ukraine has done remarkably well in this event considering her low scores in the first two events. She was seventh after the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.44. Then she dropped down to tenth after a high jump of 1.80m. Her stellar 17.29m Shot Put distance compensated for her earlier scores and allowed for her incredible recovery from tenth place. She finished the Heptathlon's Day 1 in second place behind the United States' Hyleas Fountain. Today she finished Long Jump in first place with a jump of 6.63m. Her accumulated lead helped her stay on top through the Javelin Throw and 800m disciplines. The Beijing 2008 gold medalist finished with a combined total of 6733 points, 33 points ahead of Lyudmilia Blonska.
Blonska came up from sixth after the 100 hurdles to third place after the Long Jump discipline. She was fourth and then fifth in Shot Put and 200m respectively but upped her game today. She was third after the Long Jump of 6.48m and the Javelin Throw of 47.60m and then grabbed second place in the final discipline, the 800m where she ran a 2:09.44. Her combined score of 6700 gives her silver, her first Olympic medal.
Fountain took the lead early in this event holding first place for the 100 Hurdles and High Jump. She fell second to Nataliia Dobrynska of Ukraine after Shot Put where she had nineteenth furthest Shot Put distance. This result only bumped her down to second place after that discipline but narrowed the margins significantly. Fountain was fast in the 200m and finished first but she faced her toughest events today. She had the seventh furthest Long Jump, the twenty-fourth furthest Javelin Throw, and nineteenth fastest 800m time. Though Hyleas finished Day 1 with the highest cumulative points, she finished today with the bronze medal.