Theisen-Eaton, Zelinka win gold, silver in heptathlon
Canadians finish 1-2 at Commonwealth Games
Brianne Theisen-Eaton captured the heptathlon title Wednesday at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and fellow Canadian Jessica Zelinka claimed the silver.
The bronze went to Jessica Taylor of England.
Theisen-Eaton scored 6,597 points by winning five of the seven events (high jump, shot put, 200m, long jump and the closing 800m), finishing second in the 100m hurdles and placing third in the javelin.
"So this gold medal makes me really happy," she said. "I always said I don't think I would get choked up but I had to fight back a few tears [on the podium]. It's just representing your country and knowing everybody back home is happy and watching and supporting you. It feels really good."
Zelinka (6,270) won the latter two disciplines as she added a matching silver to the one she got at the 2010 Games in Delhi, India.
Theisen-Eaton, a 25-year-old from Humboldt, Sask., was the silver medallist at last year's world championships. This season she broke Zelinka's Canadian heptathlon record at the prestigious IAAF Hypo Meeting in Austria, where she scored 6,641 points.
Theisen-Eaton is married to American Ashton Eaton, the reigning Olympic and world champion in the decathlon and the world record holder.
Her victory Wednesday completed a sweep for Canada in the multi-sport track and field events in Glasgow. Damian Warner won the decathlon a day earlier.
Just before Theisen-Eaton wrapped up her gold, Derek Drouin won the men's high jump title, and another Canadian, Michael Mason, took the bronze.
Julie Labonte of Ste-Justine, Que., captured a bronze medal in shot put to make it five medals for Canada at the track Wednesday.
Canada also got gold medals on Day 7 from wrestlers David Tremblay, Arjun Gill and Dori Yeats, and divers Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion in the 10m synchro event.
With files from The Canadian Press