Kelly Sotherton

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Kelly Sotherton in June 2008 in Leiden

Kelly Sotherton ( Kelly Jade Sotherton ; born November 13, 1976 in Newport , Isle of Wight ) is a former British athlete . She had her greatest successes in the heptathlon , but also competed in the long jump .

As a youth, Sotherton first played netball for the Hampshire team . In addition, she has already won two titles in the heptathlon at the English school championships. After she formed a training community with the 2000 heptathlon Olympic champion Denise Lewis , Sotherton made the leap to the British national team in 2002.

At the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, she surprisingly won the bronze medal with 6424 points. At the European Indoor Championships in Madrid in 2005, she won silver with 4733 points in the pentathlon behind the Swede Carolina Klüft . In Götzis at the Mösle all-around meeting she was again defeated by the Swede, but set her personal best with 6547 points. At the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki she was fifth with 6325 points and eighth in the long jump .

In 2006 Kelly Sotherton, starting for England , won the title at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne with 6396 points . At the European Championships in 2006 Kelly Sotherton was seventh with 6290 points. At the 2007 World Championships in Osaka in 2007, she took bronze with 6510 points.

In the hall she was second in the pentathlon behind Carolina Klüft at the European Championships in both 2005 and 2007. In 2007 she set a British record with 4927 points.

Kelly Sotherton is 1.80 m tall and weighs 65 kg. She started for the Birchfield Harriers club .


  • Peter Matthews (Ed.): Athletics 2006. The international Track and Field Annual. SportsBooks, Cheltenham 2006, ISBN 1-899807-34-9 .

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