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Athletics at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Women's Heptathlon

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Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): João Havelange Olympic Stadium, Engenho de Dentro, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 12, 2016
Date Finished: August 13, 2016
Format: Scoring by 1985 point tables.

Gold: BEL Nafi Thiam
Silver: GBR Jessica Ennis-Hill
Bronze: CAN Brianne Theisen-Eaton


Britain’s [Jessica Ennis-Hill] was the defending gold medalist and had won the 2015 World Championships after coming back from a maternity hiatus. She was expected to be challenged by her countrywoman [Katarina Johnson-Thompson] and Canadian [Brianne Theisen-Eaton], the 2016 World Indoor Champion in the pentathlon, in the battle of hyphenated names. Theisen-Eaton’s story was intriguing as her husband, American [Ashton Eaton], was the heavy favorite in the decathlon. A victory for both would make them the first ever husband-wife to win individual gold medals at the same Olympics, but for different nations.

Ennis-Hill took the early lead by winning the 100 hurdles, her best event. Johnson-Thompson then took over the lead by winning the high jump, clearing 1.98, a new heptathlon world best. Belgian [Nafissatou Thiam], bronze medalist at the 2014 European Championships, won the shot put to take the lead. In the final event of the first day, Johnson-Thompson led the 200 with 23.26, followed by Ennis-Hill in 23.49. After day one, Ennis-Hill led with Thiam in second, Barbadian [Akela Jones] third, KJT in fourth, and Theisen-Eaton in sixth.

Opening the second day, Thiam PRed in the long jump with 6.58 to take a 5-point lead over Ennis-Hill. Thiam PRed again in the javelin with 53.13 to extend her lead, while Ennis-Hill stayed in second, but Theisen-Eaton moved into third place. Ennis-Hill was a superior runner and it was thought she might run down Thiam in the 800, but the Belgian PRed again with 2:16.64, and Jessica’s 2:09.07 was not quite good enough, Thiam winning a surprise gold medal by 35 points. Theisen-Eaton held on for bronze, while Johnson-Thompson struggled on the second day and dropped back to sixth. In keeping with the hyphenated motif, Latvian [Laura Ikauniece-Admidina] finished fourth. Thiam’s gold medal was the result of her recording five PRs in the seven events.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Nafi Thiam 21 Belgium BEL Gold 6810
2 Jessica Ennis-Hill 30 Great Britain GBR Silver 6775
3 Brianne Theisen-Eaton 27 Canada CAN Bronze 6653
4 Laura Ikauniece-Admidiņa 24 Latvia LAT 6617
5 Carolin Schäfer 24 Germany GER 6540
6 Katarina Johnson-Thompson 23 Great Britain GBR 6523
7 Yorgelis Rodríguez 21 Cuba CUB 6481
8 Győrgyi Zsivóczky-Farkas 31 Hungary HUN 6442
9 Jennifer Oeser 32 Germany GER 6401
10 Anouk Vetter 23 Netherlands NED 6394
11 Antoinette Nana Djimou 31 France FRA 6383
12 Barbara Nwaba 27 United States USA 6309
13 Nadine Broersen 26 Netherlands NED 6300
14 Claudia Rath 30 Germany GER 6270
15 Evelis Aguilar 23 Colombia COL 6263
16 Xénia Krizsán 23 Hungary HUN 6257
17 Kendell Williams 21 United States USA 6221
18 Heather Miller-Koch 29 United States USA 6213
19 Nadine Visser 21 Netherlands NED 6190
20 Akela Jones 21 Barbados BAR 6173
21 Ivona Dadic 22 Austria AUT 6155
22 Eliška Klučinová 28 Czech Republic CZE 6077
23 Vanessa Spínola 26 Brazil BRA 6024
24 Kateřina Cachová 26 Czech Republic CZE 5958
25 Hanna Melnychenko-Kasianova 33 Ukraine UKR 5951
26 Alysbeth Félix 23 Puerto Rico PUR 5805
27 Sofia Ifantidou 31 Greece GRE 5613
28 Alina Fodorova 27 Ukraine UKR 5038
29 Uhunoma Osazuwa 28 Nigeria NGR 4916
AC Yekaterina Voronina 24 Uzbekistan UZB DNF
AC Grit Å adeiko 27 Estonia EST DNF