Belga

Briton succeeds Nafi Thiam as World Heptathlon Champion

The Belgian Nafi Thiam is no longer the female World Heptathlon Champion. Her successor is the Briton Katerina Johnson-Thompson. The British athlete won the final event, the 800 metre race and finished with 6,981 points. Nafi Thiam finished 7th in the 800 metres and second overall with 6,677 points. The bronze medal went to the Austrian athlete Verena Preiner that had 6,560 points. 

Nafi Thiam had started the heptathlon strongly on Wednesday. Her time of 13.36 seconds in the 100 metres hurdles was good for 1,071 points. Then followed 1.95m in the high jump (1,171 points). Her 15.22 metre throw in the shot put was good for a further 846 points.

She then went on to run 200 metres in 24.60 seconds. On Thursday Nafi Thiam started the day with a good performance in the long jump, jumping 6.40 metres (975 points). She threw a javelin a distance of 48.02m, good for 822 points. A time of 2 minutes 18.93 seconds concluded the heptathlon for the Belgian.