Theisen-Eaton wins Hypo-Meeting heptathlon for a second time
Brianne Theisen-Eaton won the heptathlon competition at the annual Hypo-Meeting in Gotzis, Austria for the second time in three years.
The prestigious meet hosts the world’s best multi-event competitors every spring, where this year Theisen-Eaton was the class of the heptathlon field, taking the overall points lead on the second event (high jump) on Saturday and never looking back.
Theisen-Eaton finished with 6,808 points, bettering her own Canadian record by 167. Second place went to Carolin Schaefer of Germany (6,547) and Netherlands’ Nadine Broersen (6,531) took third.
The Canadian’s total from this year would’ve been good for gold comfortably in 2014, when she finished second to Katarina Johnson-Thompson (6,682) of Great Britain by just 41 points. In 2013, Theisen-Eaton won the event with 6,376 points.
On the men’s side a strong start by Damian Warner – who won the decathlon in 2013 at Hypo-Meeting – dissipated when he couldn’t get a mark in the shot put after fouling out on all three attempts. Despite not scoring a point in that event, Warner accumulated an impressive 7893 points and finished 14th.
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Warner would’ve more than likely finished on the podium, possibly winning the event again, had he generated an average score in the shot put. The event winner, German Kai Kazmirek, scored 8,462 points. By comparison, Warner’s best in the decathlon is 8,512 points when he took bronze at the World Championships.
Both Theisen-Eaton and Warner are expected to compete at the upcoming Toronto 2015 Pan American Games. While Warner is likely to compete in the decathlon, Theisen-Eaton is said to choose one or two events, depending on qualification. She set a personal best of 6.72m in the long jump on Sunday.