|Born||27 August 1972|
West Bromwich, England
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||10 st 1 lb; 141 lb (64 kg)|
|Coached by||Charles van Commenee, Darrell Bunn|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal||6831 pts (2000)|
Denise Lewis, (born 27 August 1972), is a British sports presenter and former track and field athlete, who specialised in the heptathlon. She won the gold medal in the heptathlon at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, was twice Commonwealth Games champion, was the 1998 European Champion and won World Championships silver medals in 1997 and 1999. She was the first European to win the Olympic heptathlon, though Europeans, including Briton Mary Peters, had won the Olympic pentathlon precursor event.
Her personal best score for the heptathlon is 6831 points, set at the Décastar meeting in 2000. This is a former British record and ranks her third on the all-time British lists behind Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Jessica Ennis-Hill.
Lewis was honoured as Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2001 New Year Honours. Since retiring from athletics, she has undertaken various television and media work and is now a regular athletics pundit for BBC Television, including during London 2012 and Rio 2016.
The first day of the 2000 Summer Olympics heptathlon was 23 September. In the first event, Lewis recorded 13.23 seconds for the 100 metres hurdles to be in second place behind the world champion, Eunice Barber, who had finished in 12.97 seconds. Ghada Shouaa, the 1996 Olympic champion, pulled out after only 20 metres of her heat.
After a poor performance in the high jump of only 1.75 m, some way off her personal best, Lewis was in eighth place, 152 points behind Barber who had increased her lead. In the third event, the shot put, Lewis recorded a distance of 15.55 m, placing her second, 30 points behind Natallia Sazanovich and 45 points ahead of former world champion Sabine Braun. Barber's distance of 11.27 m put her in eighth place.
In the final event of the day, the 200 metres, Lewis recorded a time of 24.34 sec. Sabine Braun's time placed her in sixth position. A strong run by Natalya Roshchupkina moved her from sixth position to second, pushing Lewis into third place.
At the end of the first day, the points scored were:
The first event on the second day was the long jump. Lewis's best jump was 6.48 m, marginally behind Yelena Prokhorova and Sazanovich. Eunice Barber, struggling with injury, withdrew after this event. In event six, the javelin, Lewis achieved a throw of 50.19 m. With her closest rivals some way further back she moved into first place, with Sazanovich 63 points behind in second place and Prokhorova in third a further 83 points behind.
In the final event, the 800 metres, Lewis ran with the lower part of her left leg bandaged due to a calf and Achilles tendon injury, aiming to stay close enough to the race leaders to maintain her points advantage. Prokhorova won the race convincingly and when Lewis crossed the line behind Sazanovich it was not, at first, clear if Lewis's time of 2:16.83 was enough to retain first place. After the individual points had been calculated, it was announced, that Lewis had won with a total of 6584 points. Prokhorova was second with 6531 (53 points behind Lewis) and Sazanovich was third with 6527 (4 points behind Prokhorova).
|100 m hurdles||13.13 seconds||29 July 2000||Décastar||Talence, France|
|200 m||24.10 seconds||1 June 1997||Hypo-Meeting||Götzis, Austria|
|800 m||2 min 12.20 seconds||30 July 2000||Décastar||Talence, France|
|High jump||1.87 m||21 August 1999||1999 World Championships in Athletics||Seville, Spain|
|Long jump||6.69 m||30 July 2000||Décastar||Talence, France|
|Shot put||16.12 m||21 August 1999||1999 World Championships in Athletics||Seville, Spain|
|Javelin||51.48 m||10 July 2004||2004 AAA Championships||Manchester, United Kingdom|
|Heptathlon||6831 points||30 July 2000||Décastar||Talence, France||100H 13.13|
|1991||European Junior Championships||Thessaloniki, Greece||5th||Heptathlon||5476 pts|
|1994||Commonwealth Games||Victoria, Canada||8th||Long jump||6.32 m|
|European Championships||Helsinki, Finland||19th (q)||Long jump||6.20 m|
|1995||European Cup Combined Events||Helmond, Netherlands||1st||Heptathlon||6299 pts|
|World Championships||Gothenburg, Sweden||7th||Heptathlon||6299 pts|
|1996||European Indoor Championships||Stockholm, Sweden||8th||Long jump||6.42 m|
|European Cup||Madrid, Spain||4th||Long jump||6.66 m|
|Olympic Games||Atlanta, United States||23rd (q)||Long jump||6.33 m|
|1997||European Cup||Munich, Germany||4th||Long jump||6.56|
|World Championships||Athens, Greece||2nd||Heptathlon||6654 pts|
|1998||Commonwealth Games||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||1st||Heptathlon||6513|
|European Championships||Budapest, Hungary||1st||Heptathlon||6559 pts|
|1999||World Championships||Seville, Spain||2nd||Heptathlon||6724 pts|
|2000||Olympic Games||Sydney, Australia||1st||Heptathlon||6584 pts|
|2001||World Championships||Edmonton, Canada||--||Heptathlon||DNS|
|2003||European Cup Combined Events 1st League||Tallinn, Estonia||2nd||Heptathlon||6282 pts|
|World Championships||Paris, France||5th||Heptathlon||6254 pts|
|2004||Olympic Games||Athens, Greece||--||Heptathlon||DNF|
In 2000, she was also presented with the Freedom of the City of Wolverhampton. In 2010, Lewis was inducted into the Wolverhampton Sporting Hall of Fame, while in 2011, she was then inducted into the England Athletics Hall of Fame. In 2013, Lewis was honoured at the annual Wolverhampton Famous Sons & Daughters Awards ceremony. In 2014, she was presented with an honorary degree from the University of Wolverhampton.
With Dame Kelly Holmes, Christine Ohuruogu and Paula Radcliffe, Lewis enjoys acclamation as one of the "golden girls" of British athletics and, in 1998 and 2000 has been runner up in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. In 2003, Lewis was put forward as a candidate in the BBC Midlands great midlander of all-time award but lost out to eventual winner Reginald Mitchell the inventor of the Supermarine Spitfire.
Lewis was voted "Sportswoman of the Year" by the Sports Journalists' Association (SJA) in 1997, 1998 and 2000, a joint-record three times, while also being named as runner up in 1996. She was selected as "Female Athlete of the Year" by the British Athletics Writers' Association (BAWA) four times, in 1996, 1997, 1998, and 2000. Lewis won the Sunday Times "Sportswoman of the Year" a record three times, in 1994, 1998 and 2000.
In 2010, Lewis was made a Patron of the Jaguar Academy of Sport.
Since 2009, Lewis has acted as a pundit for BBC Sport's athletics coverage and she has covered major live events including the 2009 World Athletics Championships, 2010 Commonwealth Games, 2012 Summer Olympics, 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2016 Summer Olympics.
Lewis has also been a presenter on various non-sports television programmes. In July 2015, Lewis co-hosted Right on the Money, a daytime series, alongside Dominic Littlewood on BBC One. The programme returned for a second series in July 2016. From 22 July 2011, Lewis hosted children's reality television show Camp Orange. She is a presenter of the BBC's Secret Britain (series 3 onwards) which introduces lesser-known aspects of the British countryside.
In 2004, Lewis took part in the BBC dancing competition, Strictly Come Dancing. She was partnered with professional dancer Ian Waite and in the first few weeks scored the highest number of points with the judges. She eventually reached the final and was runner-up to actress Jill Halfpenny. After this, Lewis and the two other partners from the final danced at the Royal Variety Performance.
Ten days after competing in the Strictly Come Dancing final, Lewis and Waite competed again in the Strictly Come Dancing Champion of Champions Special, where finalists from the first two series competed against each other. Lewis received the most points from the judges, but again was runner-up to Halfpenny. She then appeared on the 2016 Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special, partnered with Anton du Beke.
Born in West Bromwich, to Jamaican-born parents, Lewis grew up in Pendeford, Wolverhampton and was educated at The Regis School in Tettenhall, later to become The King's School (Church of England). A £1 million sports hall was later built there and named in her honour.
Lewis has a daughter with Belgian 200 metre-sprinter Patrick Stevens. In 2006, Lewis married Steve Finan O'Connor, former manager of the UK pop group All Saints, current manager of Liam Payne and son of comedian Tom O'Connor. The couple have three children. She is an avid follower of Celtic Football Club.