Canada's Brianne Theisen-Eaton off to disppointing start to Olympic heptathlon
Canadian struggles on opening day of track and field competition
By Jonathan Rumley, CBC Sports
Canadian heptathlete Brianne Theisen-Eaton has a hill to climb if she's going to contend for Olympic gold in the heptathlon in Rio. Theisen-Eaton is sixth after four events with 3,871 points.
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Jessica Ennis-Hill of Great Britain leads after the 200-metre, shot put, high jump and 100-metre events with 4,057 points.
<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CAN?src=hash">#CAN</a> Brianne Theisen-Eaton finishes her 200m heat in 7th with a time of 24.18. The heptathlon continues tomorrow <a href="https://t.co/zvM13iE7mh">https://t.co/zvM13iE7mh</a>—@CBCOlympics
Theisen-Eaton, from Humboldt, Sask., is ranked No. 1 in the world in 2016, but had a disappointing start in the 100-metre hurdles, finishing in 13.18 seconds — well off her personal best. She then moved up a spot with a clearance of 1.86 metres in the high jump — which was her best jump of the season — and remained in fifth place after the shot put.
<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CAN?src=hash">#CAN</a> Brianne Theisen-Eaton records 8th best throw in shot put (13.45) for the heptathlon, currently 5th overall <a href="https://t.co/2UlEmrqDGn">https://t.co/2UlEmrqDGn</a>—@CBCOlympics
First try and a season best for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CAN?src=hash">#CAN</a>'s Brianne Theisen Eaton as she clears the jump <a href="https://t.co/N7x1NTPeLV">https://t.co/N7x1NTPeLV</a> <a href="https://t.co/6B1UD6kLth">https://t.co/6B1UD6kLth</a>—@CBCOlympics
She ended Day 1 finishing ninth in the 200 metres with a time of 24.18 seconds, dropping her to sixth.
The 27-year-old has bounced back from a disappointing Day 1 before. At last year's world championships in Beijing, she was fourth after the first day, but roared back to win silver.
Ennis-Hill, who was expected to battle Theisen-Eaton for gold, cleared 1.89 in the high jump and had the fastest run in the hurdles, clocking 12.84 on a wet track.
Canada's Brianne Theisen- Eaton finishes 6th in her heat in the 100m hurdles at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Rio2016?src=hash">#Rio2016</a> <a href="https://t.co/N7x1NTPeLV">https://t.co/N7x1NTPeLV</a> <a href="https://t.co/VB5EcQjIzp">https://t.co/VB5EcQjIzp</a>—@CBCOlympics
Many of the athletes were slower than their bests in wet and rainy conditions.
Theisen-Eaton has three more events to boost her standing and potentially land on the podium. She finished 11th at the 2012 Olympics in London, and is a two-time winner of the prestigious Götzis Hypo Meeting event.
With files from the Canadian Press