2011 World Champs/Daegu, Day 4, Session 2: Tatyana Chernova wins Heptathlon, Jessica Ennis takes silver, Jennifer Oeser takes bronze, by Larry Eder

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The seventh and final event of the heptathlon is the 800 meters. Tatyana Chernova had 153 points on Jessica Ennis before the 800 meters. Either Chernova was going to get sick and run 2:30 or Jessica Ennis had to put nine seconds on Chernova. Was not likely to happen.


Karolina Tymisnka of Poland won the 800 meters in 2:05.21, a personal best. Jessica Ennis just followed her, in a personal best of 2:07.81. And right behind her, Tatyana Chernova, who ran a seasonal best of 2:08.04. Jennifer Oeser of Germany, who was in a battle with Hyleas Fountain of the US, ran 2:10.39, her personal best, and retained the bronze, as Hyleas Fountain did not finish, we do not think she started the 800 meters.

Tatyana Chernova scored 6,880 points to win the gold, the best score since Caroline Kluft scored European record of 7032! Ennis score of 6,751 is better than her score in Berlin, and Jennifer Oeser scored 6572 for the bronze.

In all, a tremendous event, and a great battle for the medals.



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