London 2017 WC Presser: Heptathlon, with Carolin Schafer, silver, Nafissitou Thiam, gold, and Annouk Veter, bronze


The heptathon was a world class battle suited for the London 2017 World Championships. With the retirements of Jessica Ennis Hill and Briane Theisen Eaton, this is a relatively new group of multi eventers (well, with the exception of American icon, Sharon Day Monroe).

Thiam_NafissatouHJR-WC17.JPGNafissitou Thiam, photo by

The British hope, Katerina Johnson Thompson, who had a fine 200 meters, was just too tentative. Her poor high jump, average long jump and javelin, and strong 800 meters were just not enough against this high caliber field.

In the end, Nafissitou Thiam, Olympic champ, persevered, although she had a hot battle with Carolin Schafer and after her monster javelin throw, Annouk Vetter.

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