Brianne Theisen-Eaton has won Olympic bronze in the women’s heptathlon. She moved up into third place after the javelin throw and held her spot after the 800-metre race, the final event of the seven-event competition.
Belgium’s Thiam Nafissatou won gold, while defending champion Jessica Ennis-Hill of Great Britain took home silver.
Theisen-Eaton is the first Canadian to ever win a medal in heptathlon.
While getting on the podium at the Olympic Games is always an achievement, this is somewhat of a disappointing result for Theisen-Eaton, who was ranked first in the world coming into Rio.
— CBC Olympics (@CBCOlympics) August 14, 2016
This is Canada’s first medal in track and field at these Olympics. Many contend that this is the best track and field team Canada has ever sent to an Olympic Games.
Canada now has 12 medals in Rio, all won by female athletes.
- Canada wins Olympic bronze in team pursuit cycling
- 16-year-old Penny Oleksiak wins Canada's first gold medal at Rio 2016 Olympics
- Rosie MacLennan wins trampoline gold in back-to-back Olympics