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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.

The 22-year-old landed Olympic gold in the heptathlon in Rio in August. En route to her Olympic triumph, she set a world heptathlon best of 1.98m in the high jump, higher than the winning leap in the individual high jump final.

Her long-time coach Roger Lespagnard, a former multi-event Olympian, was the deserved winner of the Coach of the Year Award.

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