Joy and tears for Nafi Thiam in Talence

It was a day with mixed feelings for Nafi Thiam at the women's heptathlon in Talence (Bordeaux). The Belgian athlete won the event at her comeback and qualified for the Olympic Games, setting a season's best as well. However, there was one dark cloud: the javelin throw. 

Thiam collected 6,819 points in her 7 events, well above the Olympic minimum of 6,420 points. Yesterday, she set a world record in the high jump (2.02 metres), going into the second day as the leader. 

The second day started perfect for Thiam, who set a new Belgian record in the long jump. Thiam managed 6.67 metres, breaking the 1996 record of Sandrine Hennart. However, things went wrong in the last-but-one event, the javelin. Thiam felt a strong pain in her elbow when she threw, as an old elbow injury came back. She only managed 47.25 metres, well below her personal best, and lost all chances of breaking the European record of Karolina Kluft (7,032 points in 2007). Still, this is her second best career result. 

It's hard to be joyful about the long jump considering what happened later on

Thiam was emotionally down after the javelin event and there were fears she could not take part in the final event, the 800 metres. However, she did, and finally managed 6,819 points, not a bad score at all, and better than when she became the European champion last year (6,816 points).

Thiam was fighting her tears when she told the VRT that "it's hard to be joyful about the long jump record considering what happened afterwards. It's hard for me, because I had a difficult winter and I worked hard to be back here." 

"I can't move my elbow right now. But there are three months left until the World Championships in Doha, and we will nurse the injury as well as possible."