Unbeaten since 2002 in multi-discipline events, Carolina Kluft became the first athlete to win three successive heptathlon World Championship gold medals, in Osaka in 2007.  During her victory Kluft, 24, beat an 18-year-old European record held by Larisa Nikitina, scoring 7,032 points.  It was a significant triumph as she was still recovering from fitness problems of the previous years.  She competed in only one heptathlon, a fifth victory in Gotzis, Austria, before Osaka.

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