| Event type

Heptathlon, Women

Date3 – 4 August 2012
LocationOlympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Participants38 from 24 countries
FormatScoring by 1985 point tables.

The favorite coming in was Russian Tatyana Chernova, the 2011 World Champion, but British fans would not hear of that. All their hopes rested on Jessica Ennis, who had finished second at the 2011 Worlds. Chernova towered over Ennis, but the smaller Brit was very good in the hurdles and long jump, making up her for size disadvantage. Ukrainian Nataliya Dobrynska was the defending champion and considered a challenger for gold again. The three had shared the #1 world ranking since 2008, with Dobrynska leading in 2008, Ennis in 2009-10, and Chernova in 2011. Another medal contender was American Hyleas Fountain, the Beijing silver medalist, but she had injury issues. Both Fountain and Dobrynska would eventually drop out of the competition, Fountain after the javelin and Dobrynska after the long jump.

Ennis opened up with her best event, the high hurdles, and jumped to an early lead with 12.54, the best ever mark posted in a heptathlon, and one which would have placed her fourth in the open high hurdles. She maintained her lead with a 1.86 high jump, with Fountain moving into second place, only 25 points back. Chernova was only 16th after the second event. Chernova’s gold medal hopes went awry in the shot put, when she posted only 14.17, not even equalling Ennis’s throw of 14.28. Chernova was mired in 13th place, while Ennis dropped to second, behind Lithuanian Austra Skujytė, whose throw of 17.31 was an all-time heptathlon record. The first day ended with Ennis moving well back into the lead with a 200 time of 22.83 for 4,158 points, Skujtė in second but almost 200 points behind. Chernova moved up to ninth after day one.

On day two Chernova improved with a long jump of 6.54, which led the hept, and moved her up to third place. But Ennis nearly matched that with a jump of 6.48 and increased her lead over Skujtė to 258 points. Ennis then threw a PR 47.49 in the javelin which all but secured her the gold medal. Skujtė still trailed in second, with Chernova now only sixth.

The 800 began in the dark of a Saturday evening that would prove mystical for British fans. As Ennis was about to start her 800, British long jumper Greg Rutherford recorded a mark that would win him the gold medal a few moments later. Ennis refused to jog the 800, leading the first lap in 1:01.89, and coming home in 2:08.65 for a gold medal by over 300 points as the British crowd went crazy. Behind her, German Lilli Schwarzkopf moved up from fifth place with a 2:10.50 to earn silver, and Chernova’s 2:09.56 brought her the bronze medal, as Skujtė could only run 2:20.59 and dropped back to fifth, also trailing Ukrainian Liudmyla Iosypenko.

Shortly after Ennis won her gold medal, the men’s 10,000 metres started and Britain’s Mo Farah won another British gold medal, to the delight of the adoring crowd. Three British golds in one night were highlighted by Jessica Ennis proving herself the world’s greatest woman athlete.

That was how the event and the results seemed to have ended. In 2015, however, the IOC began re-testing samples from the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics, using newer, more advanced testing techniques, in an effort to find those who had used performance enhancing drugs (PEDs), but in whom it could not be detected at the time of those Olympics. This was one of the many events affected.

The original bronze medalist, Tatyana Chernova of Russia had a positive re-test announced for turinabol (dehydrochloromethyltestosterone) in November 2016, and lost her bronze medal. Chernova appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) but lost that appeal in July 2017. Chernova also lost a bronze medal in this event from the 2008 Beijing Olympics, after a similar positive re-test for turinabol was announced in April 2017, although she appealed that decision.

The original fourth-place finisher in the 2012 heptathlon, Liudmyla Iosypenko of Ukraine was disqualified in June 2014 for a biological passport offense, and thus could not move up to a medal position. Chernova’s bronze medal was later given to Austra Skujytė of Lithuania.

PosNrAthleteNOCPoints100 metres HurdlesHigh JumpShot Put200 metresLong JumpJavelin Throw800 metres
11856Jessica EnnisGBR695512.541.8614.2822.836.4847.492:08.65Gold
21965Lilli SchwarzkopfGER664913.261.8314.7724.776.3051.732:10.50Silver
32440Austra SkujytėLTU659914.001.9217.3125.436.2551.132:20.59Bronze
41788Antoinette Nana DjimouFRA657612.961.8014.2624.726.1355.872:15.94
51324Jessica ZelinkaCAN648012.651.6814.8123.325.9145.752:09.15
62891Kristina SavitskayaRUS645213.371.8314.7724.466.2143.702:12.27
72400Laura IkaunieceLAT641413.711.8312.6424.166.1351.272:12.13
83174Hanna MelnychenkoUKR639213.321.8012.9624.096.4043.862:12.90
91321Brianne TheisenCAN638313.301.8312.8924.356.0146.472:09.27
102561Dafne SchippersNED632413.481.8013.6722.836.2836.632:15.52
112554Nadine BroersenNED631913.641.8613.5725.135.9451.982:16.98
123008Jessica SamuelssonSWE630013.581.7714.1824.256.1842.022:11.31
131862Katarina Johnson-ThompsonGBR626713.481.8911.3223.736.1938.372:10.76
143283Sharon DayUSA623213.571.7714.2824.365.8543.902:11.31
151187Yana MaksimavaBLR619813.971.8914.0925.435.9942.332:13.37
161534Eliška KlučinováCZE610914.011.8012.9325.006.1345.652:16.08
172981Ellen SprungerSUI610713.351.7112.6223.595.8845.632:17.54
182874Olga KurbanRUS608413.561.8013.7123.885.8340.362:19.82
191775Marisa de AnicetoFRA603013.741.7113.0925.265.7651.982:16.20
202052Győrgyi FarkasHUN601314.331.8013.5525.726.0746.522:17.83
211673Grit ŠadeikoEST601313.501.7412.4324.256.1144.122:23.01
221991Sofia YfantidouGRE594713.821.6812.9625.915.8156.962:22.03
231090Ivona DadicAUT593514.581.8012.1924.296.0041.822:15.90
242614Sarah CowleyNZL587313.951.8012.3725.606.0041.902:19.01
251858Louise HazelGBR585613.481.5912.8124.485.7747.382:18.78
262604Ida MarcussenNOR584614.081.6813.4625.155.8242.262:13.62
273308Chantae McMillanUSA568813.491.6814.9225.255.3749.782:40.55
281957Jennifer OeserGER545513.421.8014.1624.396.0746.61
291948Julia MächtigGER533814.541.6814.9925.384.0644.402:20.34
302280Irina KarpovaKAZ531914.211.6811.6825.425.7035.752:28.93
DNF1141Sara AertsBEL12.941.6514.43
DNF2398Aiga GrabusteLAT13.651.7713.52
DNF2587Uhunoma OsazuwaNGR13.461.7712.7724.625.74
DNF2702Karolina TymińskaPOL13.221.6813.7423.71
DNF3157Nataliya DobrynskaUKR13.571.8315.0524.693.70
DNF3289Hyleas FountainUSA12.701.8611.9923.646.0521.60
DQ2849Tatyana ChernovaRUS[6628][13.48][1.80][14.17][23.67][6.54][46.29][2:09.56]1
DQ3198Liudmyla YosypenkoUKR[6618][13.25][1.83][13.90][23.68][6.31][49.63][2:13.28]2
DNS1975Margaret SimpsonGHA