Carolina Klüft
Swedish heptathlete
Carolina Klüft
Carolina Evelyn Klüft is a Swedish athlete competing in triple jump, long jump and formerly in heptathlon and pentathlon. She won the Olympic heptathlon title in 2004. She is also a three-time World and double European heptathlon champion. Klüft first rose to prominence by winning the heptathlon at the 2002 European Championships and setting a new world junior record of 6,542 points.
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Swedish long jumper Kluft withdraws from Olympics
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Swedish long jumper Carolina Kluft says she won't compete at the London Olympics because of a hamstring injury.
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A week of Weltklasse Zürich is about to begin - Samsung Diamond League - International Association of Athletics Foundation
Google News - over 5 years
“In Stockholm, training sessions with kids are quite commonplace,“ Carolina Klüft, former heptathlon queen and Daegu finalist in the long jump, explained. She will be meeting with her group of kids in Berne. “I really like to work with kids
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Rudisha sets the record straight - Deccan Herald
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Chernova won gold with 6880 points – the best score witnessed in the event after Carolina Kluft's 7032 in 2007. Ennis took the silver in 6751. Ennis had a lead of 151 points after day one and produced a personal best of 6.51 in long jump on day two to
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Defending champion Ennis takes lead in heptathlon - Sacramento Bee
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Only three women - Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Larisa Turchinskaya and Carolina Kluft - have broken the 7000-point barrier. Olympic champion Nataliya Dobrynska was still challenging for a medal. Dobrynska was second in the shot put and fourth in her 200 heat
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Reese makes first jump count to retain title - Reuters
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Mironchyk-Ivanona (6.74) was fourth ahead of Sweden's three-times heptathlon world champion Carolina Kluft with Klishina a disappointing seventh. (Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, Editing by John Mehaffey)
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Jessica Ennis has her eyes on world championship gold - The Guardian
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She was 21 when, in her first world championships, in Osaka in 2007, she shocked her then illustrious rivals by winning all three track events and narrowly missing a medal behind Kelly Sotherton, Lyudmyla Blonska and the majestic Carolina Kluft. ... - -
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Swedish medal hopes scarce at athletics worlds - The Local.se
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International medallist and the nation's most-loved hurdler Sanna Kallur is sitting this one out due to injury, and Swedish sports icon Carolina Klüft is still finding her feet in the long jump after turning her back on the heptathlon
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AP Sportlight - Kitsap Sun
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2007 — In Osaka, Japan, Sweden's Carolina Kluft wins an unprecedented third consecutive world championship heptathlon title, keeping her five-year unbeaten streak intact with a European record 7032 points. Kluft's total gives her the second highest in
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Strong local heroes and the world's superstars set for Zürich - Samsung ... - International Association of Athletics Foundation
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The provisional line-up already sparkles with names of stars like Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS, Pole Vault), Allyson Felix (USA, 200m), Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAM, 200m), Sanya Richards-Ross (USA, 200m), Carolina Klüft (SWE, Long Jump), Barbora Spotakova
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Klüft överlägsen - Jeng fixade VM-biljetten - Eurosport.com SE
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Carolina Klüft vann längdhoppet överlägset på 6,58. Med mindre än en månad kvar till VM i Daegu var fortfarande ett par kände svenska friidrottsnamn utan en plats i truppen. Bland andra Alhaji Jeng och Johan Wissman. Jeng flög över kvalgränsen 5,60 och
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Carolina Klüft vill mötas av respekt - Aftonbladet
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Carolina Klüft har sedan hon valde att sluta med sjukamp upplevt att folk inte uppskattar hennes beslut. – Att folk inte gillar mig är inget problem, men jag vill ha respekt, säger hon. Fram till 2007 var Carolina Klüft en megastjärna, nästan en ikon,
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Amid all the negativity, the Olympic flame burns strong and bright - Herald Scotland
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Swedish heptathlon gold medallist Carolina Kluft sponsors village kids in Africa. Norwegian quadruple speedskating gold medallist Johann Olaf Koss donated his $30000 bonus to charity. Scotland's Eric Liddell gave a life of service to missionary work
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Athletics-Monaco Diamond League results - Reuters Africa
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Carolina Kluft (Sweden) 6.65 6. Funmi Jimoh (US) 6.65 7. Janay Deloach (US) 6.62 8. Naide Gomes (Portugal) 6.48 Women's Discus Throw 1. Nadine Mueller (Germany) 65.90 2. Yarelis Barrios (Cuba) 65.44 3. Stephanie Brown Trafton (US) 62.07 4
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Carolina Klüft nobbas av DN-galan - Expressen
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DN-Galan nobbar Carolina Klüft - rätt eller fel? Varken herrarnas tresteg eller damernas länghopp finns med på DN-galans ordinarie Diamond League-program. Arrangörerna kan däremot välja att plocka in extra grenar. Så när Christian Olsson för en dryg
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Bleasdale and Okoye win European under-23 golds, El-Sheryf shocks in the triple - Athletics Weekly
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The previous championship record of 6.86m was set eight years ago by Swedish heptathlon star Carolina Kluft. Great Britain ended the week on a high, taking gold in the final event of the championships – the men's 4x400m. Individual 400m champion Nigel
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10 to watch at the European Under-23 Championships - Athletics Weekly (blog)
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It is the eighth edition of these championships, which was first held in 1997, and whose previous winners include the likes of Swedish heptathlon star Carolina Kluft, 2004 Olympic 800m champion Yuriy Borzakovskiy, and European 400m hurdles champion Dai
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Carolina Klüft
    TWENTIES
  • 2012
    Age 29
    On 2 September 2012 at the Finland-Sweden athletics international at Ullevi, Carolina Klüft officially ended her career and retired from sports.
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  • 2009
    Age 26
    Klüft missed the 2009 World Championships in Berlin as well as the rest of the season after suffering a hamstring injury she picked up in July in Sweden. She had surgery in the middle of July, after which she needed around six months rehabilitation. Klüft competed in the 2010 European Championships in Barcelona, reaching the long jump final but ultimately finishing 11th out of the twelve athletes that reached the final.
    More Details Hide Details She jumped 6.33 metres but was almost 60 centimetres behind gold medalist Ineta Radēviča of Latvia. Klüft said she "didn't have any power in my legs" and "my legs felt heavy today" after qualifying for the final. She also stated that reaching the final had satisfied her.
  • 2008
    Age 25
    Although Klüft did not defend her heptathlon title at the Beijing Olympics, she stated that she might yet contest another heptathlon, after the 2008 season.
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    She entered both the long jump and triple jump at the 2008 Olympics.
    More Details Hide Details Her best effort of 13.90 m did not qualify her for the triple jump final. She ended ninth in the long jump with a result of 6.49 m.
    Klüft announced on 19 March 2008 that she would not contest any heptathlons in 2008, including defending her title at the Olympics, stating that she was no longer motivated to train for and compete in heptathlons.
    More Details Hide Details In stead she decided to concentrate upon long jump and also train seriously for triple jump. Although Klüft was inexperienced in triple jump, she had worked with Yannick Tregaro (coach of Olympic champion Christian Olsson), who predicted that she could jump over 14.50 m.
  • 2007
    Age 24
    At the World Championships in Osaka, Klüft had the opportunity to become the only woman to win three world titles in the heptathlon. However, she faced strong competition from Lyudmila Blonska of Ukraine, who had, earlier in the year, set the world best heptathlon score of 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Klüft started the first day by equaling her personal best of 13.15s in the 100 m Hurdles and a new personal best of 1.95 m in the high jump. Solid performances of 14.81 in the shot put and 23.38 in the 200 m followed, for Klüft to hold the lead from Blonska after day one, with 4162 points. On the second day, Klüft recorded a long jump of 6.85 m, threw 47.98 m in the javelin and ran 2:12.56 in the 800 metres to claim her third World Championship gold. She posted a personal best points score of 7,032, putting her second on the all-time list, and beating Larisa Turchinskaya's 18-year-old European record. She competed in an indoor triathlon (60 m hurdles, long jump and 400 m) in the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix. Klüft narrowly won the competition after setting an indoor personal best of 52.98 in the 400 m. Kelly Sotherton finished just 18 points behind Klüft, beating the Swede in both the hurdles and 400 m. On 22 February, Klüft announced that she had ruptured her hamstring and that, as a result, she would not compete at the World Indoor Championships on 7 March.
    Her victory in the 2007 European Indoor Championships in Birmingham was by a margin of only 17 points over home favorite Kelly Sotherton.
    More Details Hide Details Klüft again narrowly missed the world pentathlon record, with a score of 4944 points. Still recovering from her fitness problems of the previous year, she did only one heptathlon before the World Championships, a fifth victory in Götzis.
    This is demonstrated by her finishing in the top six in all disciplines of the 2007 World Championship heptathlon.
    More Details Hide Details She is also a member of the Swedish 4 × 100 m relay team at international competitions, and was part of the team that set the national record. She is particularly friendly with British rival Kelly Sotherton, and the two can often be seen chatting during competitions. Klüft regularly leads the other heptathletes on a lap of honor after a major competition. She is often referred to by the nickname 'Carro' by people who know her. When not training or competing, Klüft is a student at the Linnaeus University, studying Peace and Development. She visited areas of Sri Lanka hit by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake to make a film for Swedish TV and also sponsors children in Africa. She is part of Reebok's "I am what I am" advertising campaign along with several other sports stars. She has been the focus of poster photography for Reebok, taken by celebrity photographer Jason Bell.
    They were married in September 2007 at Crichton Parish Church in Midlothian, Scotland.
    More Details Hide Details Klüft comes from a family with sporting traditions: her father Johnny played professional football in the Swedish Allsvenskan and her mother was an international long jumper. She started out playing football herself but took up athletics at the age of twelve. She has described being subjected to bullying at school after moving to Växjö and subsequently using her athletic prowess to gain respect.
  • 2006
    Age 23
    She defended her title at the 2006 European Athletics Championships with a score of 6,740 points, despite having been hampered by injuries throughout her preparation.
    More Details Hide Details She performed well below her best but still won comfortably following the withdrawal of her rival Barber after the high jump. Klüft went on to compete in the individual long jump but finished 6th.
    Klüft chose not to compete at the 2006 World Indoor Championships in order to prepare for the European Championships, to be staged on home soil in Sweden.
    More Details Hide Details Klüft won again in Götzis and in Arles.
  • 2005
    Age 22
    The day before the 2005 World Championships in Athletics in Helsinki, Klüft injured her foot.
    More Details Hide Details The injury affected her performance, particularly in the high jump which was a clearance of only 1.82 m. Klüft fell well behind Eunice Barber but made a comeback with a personal best shot put of 15.02 m and then took the lead after the 200 m. She then stretched her lead with a long jump effort of 6.87 m, and held on to an advantage of only 18 points after the javelin. She overtook Barber at the end of the 800 m to retain the title. Klüft totaled 6,887 points, finishing ahead of Barber who took the silver medal with 6,824 points.
    She began 2005 by winning the pentathlon at the European Indoor Championships with a new personal best of 4948 points.
    More Details Hide Details A third consecutive victory at Götzis and another in Jyväskylä set Klüft up for the defense of her heptathlon world title.
  • 2004
    Age 21
    She won the heptathlon gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens with a score of 6,952 points.
    More Details Hide Details She took the lead after the high jump and extended her lead after every event from then on. With Eunice Barber absent through injury, Klüft won by an Olympic record margin of 517 points, ahead of Austra Skujytė. She also entered the long jump, qualifying for the final but finishing 11th.
    She warmed up for the 2004 Olympics by winning heptathlons in Götzis and Tallinn.
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    Klüft competed in the long jump at the 2004 World Indoor Championships, winning a bronze medal with a national record of 6.92 m.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 2003
    Age 20
    She was later awarded the Waterford Crystal European Athlete of the Year Trophy 2003.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, Klüft also received the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal.
    She won her first major outdoor title, the heptathlon at the 2003 World Championships in Paris with a score of 7,001 points, ahead of Eunice Barber, who had 6,755 points.
    More Details Hide Details Klüft thus became the third woman ever to break the 7,000-point barrier in the heptathlon. She set six personal bests in the seven disciplines including a 1.94 m high jump and a 200 m run of 22.98 s. At one stage she was on the brink of elimination from the competition after overstepping on the first two of her three long jump attempts but ended up recording the best jump of the competition with 6.68 m.
    A score of 4933 points secured the pentathlon title at the 2003 World Indoor Championships.
    More Details Hide Details Klüft followed this with personal bests and victories in the heptathlons in Götzis and Tallinn.
    She then won the 2003 World Championships becoming the third athlete ever to score over 7,000 points.
    More Details Hide Details She is the European record holder for heptathlon with a personal best of 7,032 points. This score ranks her second on the all-time heptathlon points score list, behind Jackie Joyner-Kersee who set the world record of 7,291 points. Klüft was unbeaten in 22 heptathlon and pentathlon competitions since March 2002, winning nine consecutive gold medals in major championships. She is the only athlete ever to win three world titles in heptathlon.
  • 2002
    Age 19
    She captured her first major championship title at the 2002 European Championships in Munich with a score of 6,542 points, improving the world junior record in the process.
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    Klüft was an exceptional junior athlete. During the 2002 World Junior Championships in Athletics, at the age of 19, she set a world junior record by scoring 6,470 points.
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    Klüft first rose to prominence by winning the heptathlon at the 2002 European Championships and setting a new world junior record of 6,542 points.
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  • 2000
    Age 17
    Klüft took up the heptathlon in 2000 after coach Agne Bergvall suggested she had a future in it.
    More Details Hide Details Bergvall has been her main coach ever since. Klüft is 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) tall and weighs 65 kg (140 lb / 10.2 stone). Her physique is well-suited to multi-events: she is tall and lean for the running and jumping events but also powerful enough to perform well in the shot put and javelin. She has shown more natural ability in the jumping events, sprinting and hurdles, and has steadily improved in the throwing events and 800 m and has now been described as having no weaknesses across the seven events.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1983
    Age 0
    Born on February 2, 1983.
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