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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.

It was a superb two days of competition for Thiam who had personal bests in the 100m hurdles (13.81), high jump (1m93), shot put (15m03), 200m (24.78) and javelin (51m90).

Thiam, a first time participant at the 40th Hypomeeting in Götzis, was voted ‘Rookie of the meeting’ and won the ‘Hypo Cash’ prize thanks to her 1m93 clearance in the high jump, together with the 22.35 200m clocking by Dafne Schippers the best performance in a single event.

The win went to Britain’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson (6682) ahead of last year’s winner of Canada Brianne Theisen-Eaton (6641) and Dafne Schippers (6545) of the Netherlands. Nafi’s new NR score ranks her 5th in the world this year.

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