| Event type

Heptathlon, Women

Date12 – 13 August 2016
LocationEstádio Olímpico João Havelange, Engenho de Dentro, Rio de Janeiro
Participants31 from 21 countries
FormatScoring by 1985 point tables.
Olympic Record 7291 WR / Jackie Joyner-Kersee USA / 23 – 24 September 1988
Olympic Record (100 metre hurdles)12.69 / Jackie Joyner-Kersee USA / 23 September 1988
Olympic Record (200 metres)22.56 / Jackie Joyner-Kersee USA / 23 September 1988
Olympic Record (High jump)1158 / Sabine Braun GER / 1 August 1992
1158 / Sabine Braun GER / 1 August 1992
Olympic Record (Javelin throw)56.96 / Sofia Ifantidou GRE / 4 August 2012
Olympic Record (Shot put)17.31 / Austra Skujytė LTU / 3 August 2012

Britain’s Jessica Ennis-Hill was the defending gold medalist and had won the 2015 World Championships after coming back from a maternity hiatus. She was expected to be challenged by her countrywoman Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Canadian Brianne Theisen-Eaton, the 2016 World Indoor Champion in the pentathlon, in the battle of hyphenated names. Theisen-Eaton’s story was intriguing as her husband, American Ashton Eaton, was the heavy favorite in the decathlon. A victory for both would make them the first ever husband-wife to win individual gold medals at the same Olympics, but for different nations.

Ennis-Hill took the early lead by winning the 100 hurdles, her best event. Johnson-Thompson then took over the lead by winning the high jump, clearing 1.98, a new heptathlon world best. Belgian Nafissatou Thiam, bronze medalist at the 2014 European Championships, won the shot put to take the lead. In the final event of the first day, Johnson-Thompson led the 200 with 23.26, followed by Ennis-Hill in 23.49. After day one, Ennis-Hill led with Thiam in second, Barbadian Akela Jones third, KJT in fourth, and Theisen-Eaton in sixth.

Opening the second day, Thiam PRed in the long jump with 6.58 to take a 5-point lead over Ennis-Hill. Thiam PRed again in the javelin with 53.13 to extend her lead, while Ennis-Hill stayed in second, but Theisen-Eaton moved into third place. Ennis-Hill was a superior runner and it was thought she might run down Thiam in the 800, but the Belgian PRed again with 2:16.64, and Jessica’s 2:09.07 was not quite good enough, Thiam winning a surprise gold medal by 35 points. Theisen-Eaton held on for bronze, while Johnson-Thompson struggled on the second day and dropped back to sixth. In keeping with the hyphenated motif, Latvian Laura Ikauniece-Admidina finished fourth. Thiam’s gold medal was the result of her recording five PRs in the seven events.

PosNrAthleteNOCPoints100 metres HurdlesHigh JumpShot Put200 metresLong JumpJavelin Throw800 metres
1380Nafi ThiamBEL681013.561.9814.9125.106.5853.132:16.54Gold
2702Jessica Ennis-HillGBR677512.841.8913.8623.496.3446.062:09.07Silver
3497Brianne Theisen-EatonCAN665313.181.8613.4524.186.4847.362:09.50Bronze
4972Laura Ikauniece-AdmidiņaLAT661713.331.7713.5223.766.1255.932:09.43
5777Carolin SchäferGER654013.121.8314.5723.996.2047.992:16.52
6705Katarina Johnson-ThompsonGBR652313.481.9811.6823.266.5136.362:10.47
7583Yorgelis RodríguezCUB648113.611.8613.6924.266.2548.892:14.65
8822Győrgyi Zsivóczky-FarkasHUN644213.791.8614.3925.386.3148.072:11.76
9770Jennifer OeserGER640113.691.8614.2824.996.1947.222:13.82
101045Anouk VetterNED639413.471.7714.7823.936.1048.422:17.71
11680Antoinette Nana DjimouFRA638313.371.7714.8825.076.4348.762:20.36
121362Barbara NwabaUSA630913.811.8314.8124.775.8146.852:11.61
131027Nadine BroersenNED630013.561.7714.0424.946.1550.802:17.55
14772Claudia RathGER627013.631.7412.8324.486.5539.392:07.22
15546Evelis AguilarCOL626313.841.7413.6024.126.2346.902:14.32
16817Xénia KrizsánHUN625713.661.7713.7825.246.0849.782:13.46
171380Kendell WilliamsUSA622113.041.8311.2124.096.3140.932:16.24
181359Heather Miller-KochUSA621313.561.8012.9124.976.1640.252:06.82
191046Nadine VisserNED619013.021.6812.8424.346.3542.482:14.47
20368Akela JonesBAR617313.001.8914.0924.356.3042.002:41.12
21348Ivona DadicAUT615513.841.7713.4324.606.0546.082:15.64
22593Eliška KlučinováCZE607714.071.8014.4125.376.0846.732:22.81
23412Vanessa CheferBRA602414.241.6813.0624.116.1045.052:14.20
24590Kateřina CachováCZE595813.191.7712.3824.325.9137.772:18.95
251282Hanna KasianovaUKR595113.661.7713.2524.605.8838.102:16.58
261142Alysbeth FélixPUR580514.071.6811.3624.746.2240.172:15.32
27808Sofia IfantidouGRE561313.991.6512.9726.325.5154.572:30.08
281064Uhunoma OsazuwaNGR491613.751.7713.1524.675.7233.42
AC1394Yekaterina VoroninaUZB15.211.65DNF
AC636Grit ŠadeikoESTDNF
AC1278Alina FodorovaUKR503814.101.8014.3825.446.0035.44DQ1