HEPTATHLON

Athletics Weekly - - Iaaf World Champs 2017 -

NAFISSATOU THIAM was not any­where near her best and did not set any PBs but still won com­fort­ably with a score of 6784.

The 22-year-old Bel­gian’s strength in the jumps (1.95m and 6.57m) and throws

(15.17m and 53.93m) made up for her weak run­ning form.

Carolin Schafer, who was far bet­ter in the runs, led overnight and was sec­ond.

Un­der a new French coach­ing set up, Katarina John­son-Thomp­son looked more re­laxed than in past cham­pi­onships.

How­ever, she seemed not to have made any im­prove­ments in her weak throw­ing events and also had a ter­ri­ble set­back in the high jump, go­ing no higher than her open­ing height of 1.80m. Just 1.89m would have got her a medal and a re­peat of her high jump fi­nal 1.95m, a sil­ver, and she may have been close enough to Thiam to have found more on the sec­ond day.

Her solo 22.86 200m win though was a high­light and note two ath­letes made the in­di­vid­ual fi­nal with a 22.85.

She was around half a sec­ond quicker than two of the three Brits who ran the 200m.

With un­usu­ally no Cana­di­ans and Aus­tralians present, only two Com­mon­wealth ath­letes com­peted.

Nafissatou Thiam: in hot form again

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