Trine Hattestad

Elsa Katrine Hattestad (née Solberg; born 18 April 1966) is a retired Norwegian track and field athlete who competed in the javelin throw. During her career, she was a European, World, and Olympic Champion, and broke the world record twice.[1] Her personal best, set in 2000, of 69.48 m is the Norwegian record. It also ranks her fifth on the overall list.

Trine Hattestad
Personal information
Birth nameElsa Katrine Solberg
Born18 April 1966 (1966-04-18) (age 56)
Lørenskog, Norway
Height173 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Weight76 kg (168 lb)
Country Norway
SportTrack and field
Event(s)Javelin throw
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)NR 69.48 m (2000)


Hattestad made her international debut at the 1981 European Junior Championships, finishing fifth. The following year, at the age of just 16, she competed in the European Championships for seniors. By the beginning of the 1990s, Hattestad was one of the best female javelin throwers in the world. In 1993, she won her first major international title, the World Championships in Stuttgart as well as the IAAF Golden Four. To that, she added the 1994 European title. At the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, she won the bronze medal. The following year, she regained the World Championships. At the 1999 World Championships, she lost the title again, finishing third, but in 2000 she won the only title missing in her career with a gold medal at the Olympic Games in Sydney.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

In her youth, she was a promising handball player in her country, playing for a club in the second tier of the Norwegian league system.

She has four children with her former husband Anders Hattestad. They divorced in 2017.[3]

Competition recordEdit

*All results with the old model javelin unless noted.

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing   Norway
1983 European Junior Championships Schwechat, Austria 2nd 61.40 m
1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States 5th 64.52 m
1986 European Championships Stuttgart, West Germany 9th 59.52 m
1987 World Championships Rome, Italy 24th (q) 55.30 m
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 18th (q) 58.82 m
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 5th 63.36 m
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 5th 63.54 m
1993 World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 1st 69.18 m
1994 Goodwill Games St. Petersburg, Russia 1st 65.74 m
European Championships Helsinki, Finland 1st 68.00 m
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 3rd 64.98 m
1997 World Championships Athens, Greece 1st 68.78 m
1998 European Championships Budapest, Hungary 4th 63.16 m
1999 World Championships Seville, Spain 3rd 66.06 m[4]
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 1st 68.91 m[4]


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by Women's European Athlete of the Year
Succeeded by
Sporting positions
Preceded by Women's Javelin Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Preceded by Women's Javelin Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Preceded by Women's Javelin Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Preceded by Women's Javelin Best Year Performance
1999 – 2000
Succeeded by
Preceded by Norwegian Sportsperson of the Year
Succeeded by