Belgium strike gold as Thiam wins Heptathlon

Brussels born athlete Nafissatou Thiam has been crowned the heptathlon world champion, adding World Championship gold to the gold she won last year at the Rio Olympics.

Thiam, who is still on 22 years old, beat off the best competition in the world to win the multi-discpline competition with a points total of 6,784, her third best performance of all time and just 29 points behind her winning total in Rio. After day one of the two day competition, Thiam was in second place behind Germany’s Carolin Schaefer, but an impressive Long Jump of 6.57m followed by a throw of 53.93m in the Javelin solidified her lead heading into the 800m.

She becomes the first Belgian athlete to step on to the top step of the medal rostrum since the World Championships began in 1983 and her gold medal moves Belgium up to 5th in the medal table after 3 days of competition at the London Stadium.

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