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Full Name: Carolina Evelyn Klüft
Born: 2nd February 1983 (Sandhult, Sweden)
Lives:
Height: 1.78m
Weight: 65 kg
Event: Heptathlon, Pentathlon, Long Jump
Coach:
Family: Kluft's mother was a long jumper and her dad a footballer.

Personal Bests:

       
       

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Klüft won the heptathlon at the World Athletics 2003 in Paris with a score of 7,001, ahead of France's Eunice Barber, who had 6,755 points, becoming the third woman in all time to score over 7,000 points.

2004

World Indoors, Long Jump: Klüft won a surprise bronze medal.

Carolina Klüft won the heptathlon in the Olympic Games of 2004 in Athens at 6,952 points with a margin of 517 points.

 

Kluft - simply unstoppable

October 27, 2004

IT'S almost becoming her trademark motto. "I just want to have fun," she says. Certainly, as long as she continues to win so easily, Carolina Kluft's smile is unlikely to disappear.

Ridiculously talented, Kluft first attracted attention from the global athletics media when she won the world junior title in Santiago, Chile, in 2000. She retained the title in Jamaica in 2002 and then uniquely became European champion in Munich later that year and world champion in Paris in 2003 while still holding the junior crown.

The second oldest of four daughters, her father, Johnny, played first division football for Osters IF and her mother was a 6.09m long jumper.

Such is her talent, there have been reports that when trying the triple jump and pole vault in training she has shown the potential to break the world records in those events. She also enjoys wrestling.

She is a remarkable character outside sport too. Despite keeping her private life as secret as possible, it has emerged she sponsors a baby in Kenya and after the World Championships last year she flew out to Kenya to see the child as opposed to enjoying the post-championship interviews and awards ceremonies that could easily have filled her diary every day from August until Christmas.

"I don't feel like a star," she says. "Just a little girl in the big world. I've simply succeeded in something I think is fun."

She means it too. Most top Swedish athletes, such as triple jumper Christian Olsson and high jumper Kajsa Bergqvist, have moved to Monaco to avoid Swedish taxes, but Kluft has no such ambition. She was raised in VŠxjš, a small town in southern Sweden and has no plans to move. "I enjoy travelling but I want to stay in Sweden. I love Sweden because my family and friends are around me and they mean more to me than anything."

There's also Patrik Kristiansson, the pole vault international who Kluft is engaged to. He has a good chance of winning a medal when the vault starts in Athens on Wednesday this week.

Even her rivals are fans of hers. Denise Lewis said: "Carolina is a breath of fresh air. She's fantastic, she's groundbreaking, she's given us all something to aim for."

While her coach, Agnes Bergvall, says: "Carolina is unique. She can be laughing and joking with the crowd one moment but the next she can be 100 per cent concentration."

Face-pulling in front of cameras is something Kluft did slightly less of in Athens. There are also signs she is becoming slightly tired with the non-stop media attention.

It would be a shame if this intense spotlight turns her away from the sport. But she almost threatened as much at a post-medal ceremony press conference that was packed with Swedish journalists wearing bright yellow vests.

"The Olympics is just a small part of my life," she said. "I have lots of other goals, not just in sport. But I also love athletics and will carry on as long as I have my private life."

2005

Norwich union grand prix, birmingham

Pre-race: 

Track superstar Carolina Kluft will make only her second indoor appearance in Britain next year at the Norwich Union Grand Prix in Birmingham.

The hugely talented Swede will compete in both the long jump and 60m hurdles at the meeting on 18 February.

The Olympic heptathlon Champion will go head-to-head in both events with local favourite Kelly Sotherton, who finished third behind Kluft in Athens.

Kluft said: “I'm looking forward to the Norwich Union Grand Prix and to competing with your very own star Kelly Sotherton in both the hurdles and long jump.

“It will be great to come back to Birmingham to compete with as great an athlete as Kelly. I think we will have a lot of fun and the last time I was in Birmingham it was a wonderful crowd. It will be a good competition for me before the European Indoor Championships in Madrid two weeks later.”

Kluft is one of the biggest global stars in women’s athletics at the moment and is expected to be joined by a number of other Olympic Champions at the National Indoor Arena.  

Womens 60mH: Britain’s Sarah Claxton has set two National Records this year and could do so again here. Heptathlon Olympic Gold and Bronze medallists Carolina Kluft and Kelly Sotherton are in the field, while the best of the high hurdle specialists are Olympic Bronze medallist Melissa Morrison and Russia’s Irina Shevchenko, fastest in the world this year.  

Womens LJ: Kluft and Sotherton will compete in this event as well and are expected to push the regular long jumpers all the way. Kluft was a Bronze medallist at last year’s World Indoor Championships and Sotherton challenged hard to be GB No.1 in this event last year. European and Commonwealth medallist Jade Johnson, a dramatic last-gasp winner at the AAA Championships last week, will look for a consistent series of jumps to convince her to that a medal at the European Indoors is a real possibility.

Long jump (6.40m): Norwich Union AAA Champion Jade Johnson (Herne Hill Harriers) led with an indoor personal best of 6.52m from the fourth round until the very last leap of the competition – when Olympic and World heptathlon Champion Carolina Kluft (Sweden) went out to 6.60m to extend her winning sequence in the event to four this winter. 

“It wasn’t so much pressure on the last jump, but I knew I had to put a good jump in. I feel quite tired as I’ve been very busy with competitions recently so I knew there was only one good jump in me today. Now my competitions are over and I can concentrate on the European Indoor Championships.”

60mH: 8th place: : “I am a bit tired now. I have been competing a lot, so it is back off home now to get ready for Madrid. My training has been going well and I am satisfied with my fitness at this stage.”