Canadian Brianne Theisen-Eaton wins silver at heptathlon worlds
Canada's Brianne Theisen-Eaton competes in the long jump event during the women's pentathlon at the world indoor athletics championships at the ERGO Arena in Sopot March 7, 2014. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach)
Canadian Brianne Theisen-Eaton isn’t surprising anyone anymore.
The Humbolt, Sask., pentathlete followed up her stunning — and somewhat unexpected — silver-medal showing in heptathlon at last summer’s world athletic championships with another second-place finish Friday in Sopot, Poland.
Theisen-Eaton set a Canadian record by racking up 4,768 points in the pentathlon at the world indoor championships. But, it wasn’t enough to get past winner Nadine Broersen of the Netherlands, who finished with 4,830 points. Ukrainian Alina Fodorova was third with 4,724 points.
Broersen pulled out the win with a dominating performance in high jump while Theisen-Eaton stayed in the hunt with a personal best in the 60-metre hurdles and a solid showing in the 800-metres. But she almost ruined any chance of a medal by faulting in her first two long jump attempts before leaping 6.13 metres.
Theisen-Eaton’s husband, American Ashton Eaton, is well on his way to a gold medal in heptathlon. The 2013 outdoor world champ in decathlon leads the pack heading into the final three events — 60m hurdles, pole vault and 1,000m — on Saturday.