Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): JoÃ£o 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.
Britainâs [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-Eatonâs 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 Jessicaâs 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. Thiamâs gold medal was the result of her recording five PRs in the seven events.
|2||Jessica Ennis-Hill||30||Great Britain||GBR||Silver||6775|
|6||Katarina Johnson-Thompson||23||Great Britain||GBR||6523|
|11||Antoinette Nana Djimou||31||France||FRA||6383|
|12||Barbara Nwaba||27||United States||USA||6309|
|17||Kendell Williams||21||United States||USA||6221|
|18||Heather Miller-Koch||29||United States||USA||6213|
|22||EliÅ¡ka KluÄinovÃ¡||28||Czech Republic||CZE||6077|
|24||KateÅina CachovÃ¡||26||Czech Republic||CZE||5958|
|26||Alysbeth FÃ©lix||23||Puerto Rico||PUR||5805|
|AC||Grit Å adeiko||27||Estonia||EST||DNF|