Rio gold would be the ultimate, Theisen-Eaton says

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By Gene Cherry

(Reuters) - An Olympic gold medal in Rio will be about as close to perfection as a heptathlete can come these days, top Games contender Brianne Theisen-Eaton believes.

"No one is going to break the world record in the hep any time soon," the Canadian world silver medalist said in an interview with Reuters.

"Winning the gold medal in the heptathlon is about all I am going to be able to do," said Theisen-Eaton, whose best mark ranks almost 500 points behind American Jackie Joyner-Kersee's 1988 world record.

"So if I win the gold medal, I want to end there. What am I still trying to prove? What am I still trying to do?"

And what a celebration it would be if Theisen-Eaton and her American husband, decathlon world record holder Ashton Eaton, both won gold at the Rio Games, she said.

"Both of us think this is probably our last Olympics, so to go out with both winning golds, it would be like the cherry on top," Theisen-Eaton said between events while competing in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

No married couple has ever won gold medals at the same Olympics while representing difference countries, historians say.

"It would be the moonshot," said Ashton Eaton, who is an overwhelming favorite to repeat as Olympic decathlon champion.   Continued...

Canada's Brianne Theisen-Eaton gestures as she talks with her coach during the shot put event of the women's heptathlon during the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing, China, August 22, 2015.        REUTERS/Dylan Martinez