Aug. 3, 2012
LONDON, England - K-State alumnus and 2004 silver medalist Austra Skujyte is the first woman to compete in the heptathlon in four Olympic Games, and the Lithuanian is in position to earn her second medal. The 2001 and 2002 NCAA champion posted some of the most impressive numbers on the day to position herself in second place after the first four events with 3,974 points. If she can hold onto a top three position, Skujyte would become the oldest woman to ever medal in the heptathlon at age 32.
Skujyte opened the day with her fastest time of the year in the 100 meter hurdles, clocking in at 14.00 seconds. She followed that with a new personal best mark in the high jump at 1.92 meters (6-03.50) to score nearly 1,000 points and move into the lead after two events.
The third event is where Skujyte put the pressure on the rest of the field.
In the shot put, Skujyte posted a new world record for a heptathlon with her toss of 17.31 meters (56-09.50) and score 1,132 points. She bested the field by nearly 1.50 meters in the event to put significant space between herself and second place Jessica Enis from Great Britain heading into one of her worse events.
Skujyte ran 25.43 seconds in the 200 meters to close the first day of the heptathlon and drop below Ennis in the overall standings with 3,974 points. Ennis leads with 4,158 points and is the current world leader this year with a score of 6,906 points as she looks to become the fourth woman ever to score 7,000 points.
Saturday's competition gets underway at 4:05 a.m. Central from Olympic Stadium in London with the long jump, javelin and 800 meters remaining. There will two other former Wildcats in action as 2010 graduate Beverly Ramos and Korene Hinds from the class of 2001 will both run in the women's 3,000 meter steeplechase. Hinds is a two-time Olympian for Jamaica and Ramos is making her debut for Puerto Rico. The preliminary heats start at 5:35 a.m. CDT.
Fans wanting to watch the early morning action live can do so online at NBCOlympics.com or with the NBC LiveExtra app for smart phones and tablets.
London Olympic Games
Austra Skujyte, 3974 pts
100H: 14.00 (978 pts) - season best
HJ: 1.92m (1132 pts) - personal best
SP: 17.31m (1016 pts) - world heptathlon record
200m: 25.43 (848 pts)
Day 1: 3974 pts (2nd place)