Nafi Thiam sets all-time high jump record in heptathlon

Belgium's heptathlon ace Nafi Thiam has cleared 2.02 metres at the women's heptathlon event in Talence (France), where she is making her comeback after a calf injury. Thiam told reporters she didn't really know where she was standing after a long time without competition, but it seems she is doing fine. 

The high jump has always been Thiam's favourite event. This time, she needed only one attempt until 1.99 metres. She next went for 2.02 metres, which would be a new world record in a women's heptethlon. Thiam was successful at her first attempt, breaking her own mark with one centimetre. 

Nafi Thiam, the reigning Olympic, world and European heptathlon champion, next went for Tia Hellebaut's Belgian record (outside a heptathlon; Hellebaut clinched Olympic Gold with 2.05 metres in Beijing in 2008, editor's note) but failed.

The Liège athlete is now leading the pack after two events; her 2,316 points out her 31 points ahead of her personal record, but there are 5 more events to go.