Brianne Theisen Eaton wins silver for Canada in heptathlon

Brianne Theisen Eaton won Canada's second medal at the world championships with a silver in the women's heptathlon.

Brianne Theisen Eaton won Canada’s second medal at the world championships with a silver in the women’s heptathlon.

In the last event of the heptathlon, the 800m, Theisen Eaton needed beat first-place Ganna Melnichenko of the Ukraine by about 4.5 seconds to move into first. She wasn’t able to do that but held onto her her second-place position to secure the silver medal.

Brianne Theisen Eaton at the start line of the 800m, the final event of the women's heptathlon.
Brianne Theisen Eaton at the start line of the 800m, the final event of the women’s heptathlon.

Theisen Eaton husband Ashton Eaton, the world championships decathlon gold-medallist was cheering in the stands. Theisen Eaton joins Canada’s Damian Warner, who won a bronze in the decathlon, with a podium finish.

In fourth place after yesterday’s event, Theisen Eaton set a personal best of 6.37 metres in the long jump and had a strong showing in the javelin to move her into second place today.