Theisen-Eaton becomes first Canadian to win an Olympic medal in heptathlon

Saturday, August 13, 2016
Brianne Theisen-Eaton

Recovering from a difficult first day, Brianne Theisen-Eaton reeled in three competitors on Saturday to win a bronze medal in the heptathlon with 6653 points.

It’s the first combined events women’s medal in Canadian Olympic history. It’s also Canada’s first combined events medal since Dave Steen won decathlon bronze at Seoul 1988.

Coming down to the last two of the seven events over two days, Theisen-Eaton found the strength she needed to get on the podium after ending Friday in sixth place.

Theisen-Eaton clawed back up to fifth on Saturday after the long jump, but it was in the javelin that she came through with a clutch performance that put her back into medals at third place.

After Katarina Johnson-Thompson of Great Britain struggled to get a solid distance, and despite Akela Jones of Barbados launching a personal best of 42 metres, Theisen Eaton stepped up when her time came and launched the projectile a stunning 47.36m, gaining the points required to leap over both Johnson-Thompson and Jones in the standings with one event remaining.

It was then in the 800m that Theisen-Eaton secured the bronze medal for Canada, clocking in at 2:09.50 and keeping her challengers close.

Nafissatou Thiam of Belgium won heptathlon at Rio 2016. The relative newcomer gifted herself Olympic gold six days shy of her 22nd birthday.

Defending Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill was second for Great Britain.

Story and Photo from the Canadian Olympic Committee | Olympic.ca

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