Gold at last for Canada's Theisen-Eaton

Sat Mar 19, 2016 2:06pm EDT
 
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By Gene Cherry

Portland, Ore (Reuters) - The world finally saw at the world indoor championships on Friday what Brianne Theisen-Eaton's husband sees every day.

A gutsy concluding run that overcame seemingly insurmountable odds powered the Canadian multi-event athlete to her first global gold in the pentathlon at Portland, ending a string of frustrating second places.

Down 150 points to Ukraine's Anastasiya Mokhnyuk in the closing race of the five-event competition, the 800 meters, Theisen-Eaton found a way eke out victory.

"It was all a blur," the 27-year-old said after she and American husband Ashton Eaton, the decathlon and indoor heptathlon world record holder, joyfully embraced

With Eaton and his fellow competitors screaming, "You can win! You can win!" she did, clocking 2:09.99 to finish on 4,881 points, the best score in the world this year and a Canadian record.

"The gold medal is great but I am most proud of myself for executing this competition mentally the way that we planned," she said.

Last August, she had entered the world outdoor championships in Beijing with the leading heptathlon score of the year, but wound up second to British Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill.

"I was bitter because I did not perform how I should have," she told Reuters in an interview earlier this year. "I let my mental side gets the best of me."   Continued...

 
Brianne Theisen Eaton of Canada celebrates after winning the 800 meters and the gold medal in the Pentathlon during the IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championships in Portland, Oregon March 18, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake