Denise Lewis

Denise Lewis

Born: 27th August 1972

Birth Place: United Kingdom

Known for: Being a heptathlete and sports presenter.

She was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2001.

Her personal best score for the heptathlon is 6831 points.

Lewis ranks third of the all-time best British heptathletes.

You’re never by yourself. The worst thing you can do is to stop fighting and not be optimistic about it.

Denise Lewis

Life story


Sporting success


Denise Lewis (OBE) is a British sports presenter and former athlete, who specialised in the heptathlon. A heptathlon is made up of seven events, including: 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200m sprint, long jump, javelin and 800m run.

Lewis won a gold medal in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. At the end of the first day, after four events, Lewis was in third place. The second day brought the final three events, and Lewis was well in the lead by the time the final event, the 800m run, began. She ran with her leg in a bandage due to a leg injury, aiming to remain close enough to the run leaders to be able to maintain her advantage. She achieved this and won the gold medal by a margin of 53 points.


After athletics


Since 2009, Lewis has worked as a presenter covering major events, such as the World Athletics Championships, the Commonwealth Games, and the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. She has written for the Telegraph, and is a highly respected commentator for BBC Sport. Lewis has also appeared on many other TV shows including: Strictly Come Dancing, The One Show, and The Chase.

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