The Anonymous Widower

Why Are Our Women Athletes Good At Heptathlon?

I’m just watching the start of the Olympic women’s heptathlon and we had three in the field.

I do mind it strange that we do so well in this event, especially when it is compared to our performances in other athletic events.

It would be easy to blame Dame Mary Peters for her inspiring performance in Munich in the pentathlon.  Did she inspire the previous generation, who are now the coaches and parents? But over the last few years, the good performers have just kept coming.

August 3, 2012 - Posted by | Sport | ,


  1. Women are always good at multitasking James.

    Comment by Liz P | August 3, 2012 | Reply

    • But that wouldn’t explain why are women are good at it!

      Comment by AnonW | August 3, 2012 | Reply

  2. Empowerment, Self Belief, Concepts ” A Girl Can Do Anything” {yes, they can} . . .

    In Oz, a couple of decades of the above. and now we start to benefit from the whole population : of the Best Person for Task, Job or Sport . . .

    Heptathlon . . . 7 events over ?? days . . . is a small step up from Triathlon . . . which the Girls have excelled at for lotsa years . . . In one day . . . three long distance events.

    Add to this now Heptathlon with some short term Atheletics, over a longer period {than Triathalon} . . . say two days or more . . .

    Why Not . . . a Girl can be or do anything now a days.

    Comment by Steam Lover | August 4, 2012 | Reply

  3. One of the most interesting interviews I ever heard with an athlete was one with Julian Golding at the tennis at Wimbledon. He had been a good black tennis player, but gave it up as it was so lonely travelling the world. So he turned to athletics and did well. He described athletics as a social sport, where you trained with your mates.

    Perhaps, Julian was right in that interview and all these British heptathletes spur each other on! Remember we’re a small country and it’s easy to get around. So do they go to Liverpool for this, London for fun, Loughborough for coaching and problems and Sheffield for steel.

    Whatever they do, the system works.

    I think though, one factor is that the media helps athletics, in that most major meetings are on TV or radio. Is that the same in Oz?

    Comment by AnonW | August 4, 2012 | Reply

  4. Oz Athletics are competing the whole year in the Indoor & Outdoor Pro Athletic Season . . .

    This helps, and Oz Athletes live in Eu / Uk for the season . . . this also helps the Social / Fun apsect . . . seeing the same faces / Friends weekly during the season.

    Comment by Steam Lover | August 4, 2012 | Reply

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