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Heptathletes produce personal best in Olympics

India's JJ Shobha and Soma Biswas returned their personal best performance but were way behind the leaders after two events.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Athens
PUBLISHED ON AUG 20, 2004 09:48 PM IST

India's JJ Shobha and Soma Biswas returned their personal best performance but were way behind the leaders after two events on the first day of the heptathlon comeptition on Friday.

After the first two events of the day — 100m hurdles and high jump — at the Olympic Stadium, Shobha and Biswas tallied 1864 and 1853 points respectively.

In the day's first event, the high hurdles, Shobha got the third place in heat no. 3 clocking 13.53 seconds, her personal best, to cull 1046 points.

Biswas, on the other hand, put up a dismal show finishing seventh and last in heat no. 5 with a timing of 13.86 seconds to accumulate 998 points.

But she produced her career best, lunging 1.70m in high jump with her fifth effort, but that fetched her only a 13th place and 855 points in group B.

Shobha did even worse, managing a leap of only 1.67m in her fourth attempt to obtain the 16th spot, with only wooden spooner Anzhela Atroshchenko of Turkey finishing behind her.

Shobha bagged 818 points from the event to take her total tally to 1864 points.

Carolina Kluft of Sweden put up an impressive show to lead the pack after the end of the two events holding a 112 point lead over her nearset rivals Karin Ruckstuhl of the Netherlands and Briton Kelly Sotherton, who are both on 2100 points.

Kluft, who has a combined score of 2212, opened with a season's best of 13.21 seconds in the 100m hurdles and followed that with another season's best of 1.91m in the high jump.

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