Kelly Sotherton UK

Kelly Sotherton UK
Kelly Jade Sotherton is an English former heptathlete and 400m sprinter. Sotherton started her athletics career in the sports day at Caversham Primary School.

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Kelly Jade Sotherton is an English former heptathlete and 400m sprinter.

Sotherton started her athletics career in the sports day at Caversham Primary School. She was subsequently educated at Ryde High School and Brunel University.

She gained international recognition in 2004 when she unexpectedly won a bronze medal at the Summer Olympics in Athens behind Carolina Klüft (gold) and Austra Skujytė (silver), scoring 6424 points and finishing ahead of defending Olympic champion, Britain's Denise Lewis, who dropped out due to injury. She was famously criticised for settling the bronze medal instead of chasing the silver in the final event, the 800m, by her coach Charles van Commenee.

She was fourth at the 2008 Summer Olympics. She also was a bronze at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics, and was the heptathlon gold medallist at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. In November 2010, she announced her decision to retire from the heptathlon, due to foot and back injuries. After considering "the Rebecca Romero route" she then chose instead to focus on the 400 metres. Sotherton's funding from UK Athletics was cut in 2010 but in 2011 she returned to heptathlon training.

As a teenager, Sotherton played netball for Hampshire, but also won two English Schools’ championships in the heptathlon. She moved to the Midlands in order to train with 2000 Olympic heptathlon champion Denise Lewis. She made her senior British team debut in 2002. She is a member of Birchfield Harriers athletics club.

The javelin throw was considered to be her weakest discipline and has been cited as the main reason for her lack of medals at the 2005 World Championships and 2006 European Championships.

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