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20.03.2020

Nafi’s tips for weathering the covid madness

Now that Spring is just around the corner and the sun has finally started to shine here in Belgium, the coronavirus situation is spreading globally, facing us all with isolation, lockdowns and social distancing. What should have been a jolly couple of weeks with a warm-weather training camp and exciting side-projects, has turned into a crash course in quickly adjusting to the new normal while keeping a positive and optimistic state of mind. Or how life keeps reminding us that it will always come in different packages than you expect it to… It’s impossible to say what the near future looks like but Nafi is encouraging to remaining calm and optimistic and is happy to pitch some positivity your way!

01.03.2020

Nafi jumps 6m79 to break the Belgian indoor long jump record

Nafi chose the French national indoor championships in Liévin to test her form in the long jump.

27.02.2020

Nafi set to take on stellar high jump field at Nike Prefontaine Classic in Eugene

For the first time in her career, the Olympic heptathlon champion will take part in a competition on American soil. 

17.02.2020

Nafi kicks off 2020 strongly at Belgian Athletics indoor Championships

Nafi showed excellent form in the 60m hurdles as she took a 3rd place finish in 8.34 last Sunday.

 

 

 

27.01.2020

Stellenbosch 2020 – A successful training camp

The Olympic year is officially upon us! As tension is rapidly rising and many athletes are showing their progress through social media, Nafi decided to travel to South Africa for a warm-weather training stint.

12.11.2019

Nafi Thiam is new brand ambassador for global insurer AXA

Know You Can! That is the new international slogan and brand promise of insurer AXA. To reinforce its brand positioning, AXA Belgium was looking for and found the perfect ambassador: top athlete Nafi Thiam!

04.10.2019

Nafi Takes silver at the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha

It had been a difficult year for Nafi. She had to catch up all year after a calf tear slowed her down in early January. After that, an elbow injury caused more worry, as well as sore tendons following her exploit at the IAAF Combined Events Challenge meeting in Talence, France. However, Nafi kept working hard and always believed she could medal in Doha. Winning a silver medal, to add to her other Olympic, world and European medals, means the world to Nafi.

26.09.2019

Media Alert: interviews with The Telegraph and The Independent

As Nafi is preparing for the IAAF World championships, media attention is rising and interview demands are pouring in.

18.08.2019

Nafi Thiam beats Belgian long-jump record twice in one afternoon

Nafi beat the Belgian long-jump record twice in one afternoon during the Birmingham Grand Prix in England.

03.08.2019

Throwback – My Olympic Games: reflection on a remarkable RIO 2016

Nafi traveled to Rio in 2016 as a precocious young talent, one likely to wow the watching world at Games and World championships to come. Sixteen days and five personal bests later, Nafi left as an Olympic Champion. In an exclusive interview for the IOC, Nafi looks back and reflects on her very special win.

24.06.2019

Joy and tears for Nafi Thiam at the IAAF Combined events challenge meeting of Talence

It was a day of mixed feelings for Nafi as she made a spectacular comeback in her main event and set a world leading heptathlon performance. Nafi started off blazing through the first events, even setting world record in the high jump (2m02) and going into the second day as the leader. 

27.05.2018

Nafi Thiam takes back-to-back title at hypomeeting Gotzis with a world-leading 6806 score

Nafissatou Thiam claimed her second title in the heptathlon at the Hypo Meeting IAAF Combined Events Challenge fixture in Gotzis, Austria, on Sunday 27 May 2018.

28.02.2018

Nafi Thiam joins Richard Mille

A specialist in combined events, victorious in the 2017 World Championships and 2016 Olympics, Nafi is the first female athlete to join the team of Richard Mille athletes alongside her male counterparts, Mutaz Essa Barshim, Yohan Blake and Wayde Van Niekerk. At only 23 years old, her list of achievements makes her one of the world leaders in athletics.

19.12.2017

Nafi Thiam becomes Alpro ambassador

After claiming European Indoor (pentathlon) and World outdoor (heptathlon) gold medals and scoring a historical 7013 points at the Gotzis Hypo-Meeting, Nafi Thiam was voted World Female Athlete of the Year by the IAAF. From  achieving European gold as a junior in 2013 to consecutively claiming Olympic and World titles in 2016 and 2017, Nafi made a rapid rise from a promising junior to one of the world’s best and a true figurehead of Belgian sports. As a young but charismatic influencer she makes it a priority to make genuine and conscious choices and the new partnership with Alpro fits right in.

17.12.2017

Nafi Thiam voted Belgian sports woman of the year for 3rd consecutive time

Nafissatou Thiam was named Belgian Sports Woman of the Year at the Sportgala in Brussels on Saturday evening. For the heptathlon standout it’s the third consecutive time to clinch the award.

09.12.2017

Nafi Thiam awarded 5th consecutive Belgian golden spike award

Today, Nafi Thiam was awarded the Belgian Golden Spike Award for the 5th consecutive time.

26.11.2017

Nafi Thiam crowned female world athlete of the year

Belgium’s Nafi Thiam was named female World Athlete of the Year at the IAAF Athletics Awards in Monaco on Friday 24 November.

15.04.2017

Audi continues their partnership with heptathlete Nafi Thiam

In 2016, Audi’s engaged in a partnership with heptathlete Nafi Thiam. With the Olympics of 2020 in Tokio in mind, Audi and Nafi decided to prolong their collaboration for another three years.

03.03.2017

Olympic champion Nafi Thiam adds European indoor pentathlon gold

Olympic heptathlon champion Nafi Thiam won the European indoor pentathlon title in dominant fashion on Friday.

18.12.2016

Nafi Thiam named Belgium’s sportswoman of the year 2016 after clinching olympic heptathlon gold

Nafi Thiam took the top award at the 2016 Sportsgala held at Wild Gallery in Vorst (Brussels) on Saturday.

25.11.2016

Nafi Thiam awarded Belgian golden spike award

Heptathlete Nafissatou Thiam and decathlete Thomas Van der Plaetsen were awarded the Golden Spike Award at a ceremony in Stayen, a brand new multi purpose venue exploited by STVV Sint-Truiden.

15.10.2016

Nafi Thiam wins golden tracks female rising star of the year

Olympic heptathlon Champion Nafi Thiam was crowned Golden Tracks Female Rising Star of the Year by European Athletics in Funchal, Madeira.

20.05.2016

Nafi Thiam becomes ambassador for Audi

Belgian heptathlon star Nafissatou Thiam is proud to announce Audi as her new partner on her road to Rio and beyond.

12.07.2015

Nafi Thiam wins high jump silver at European u23 championships

After claiming the gold at the 2013 European Junior Championships in the heptathlon, Nafi Thiam added European U23 high jump silver to her continental accolades.

06.03.2015

Nafi Thiam takes European indoor silver in Prague

In the Czech town of Prague, Belgium’s 2014 European bronze medalist Nafi Thiam delivered an impressive pentathlon performance to claim silver at the European Athletics Indoor Championships.

15.12.2014

Nafi Thiam voted female athlete of the year 2014 in Belgium

At the 2014 Sportsgala held at attraction park Plopsaland in De Panne, Belgium Nafissatou Thiam was named Female Athlete of the Year for 2014. Nafi was selected as winner in balloting of the professional members of sportspress, the national league of sports journalists in Belgium.

04.12.2014

Nafi Thiam receives golden spike award in Belgium

Heptathlete Nafissatou Thiam was awarded the Golden Spike Award at a ceremony in Stayen, a brand new multi purpose venue exploited by STVV Sint-Truiden.

17.08.2014

Nafi Thiam claims European bronze

In the Swiss town of Zürich, Belgium’s European Junior champion Nafi Thiam delivered an impressive heptathlon performance to claim bronze at the European Athletics Championships.

01.06.2014

Thiam smashes national record to finish 5th in Gotzis

At the IAAF Combined Events Challenge meeting in Götzis, European junior champion Nafi Thiam smashed her own Belgian record by adding more than 210 points to the PB she set when winning the European junior title in Rieti last year. The Geography student tallied 6508 points to finish 5th.

25.12.2013

Nafi Thiam is Belgium’s rising star of the year

At the 2013 Sportsgala held at the AED Studios in Lint, Belgium Nafissatou Thiam was named Rising Star of the Year for 2013. Nafi was selected as winner in balloting of the professional members of sportspress, the national league of sports journalists in Belgium.

05.12.2013

Nafi Thiam wins golden spike award

19-year-old heptathlete Nafissatou Thiam yesterday won her 1st Golden Spike Award at a ceremony in the beautiful city hall of Brussels.

15.11.2013

Nafi Thiam top three finalist for belgian rising star of the year award

After being shortlisted as one of the fifteen candidates for the Rising Star of the Year Award in Belgium, multi event talent Nafi Thiam is now amongst the three finalists to win the trofee.

23.07.2013

Nafi Thiam takes european junior title in new national senior record

Thiam, who turns 19 in August, rose to the occasion with no less than five new personal best scores in the two-day competition to take the European junior crown with a total score of 6298 points.