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2014 World Indoor Championships Women's Shot Put and Heptathlon Review

Women's heptathlon and shot put results from the World Indoor Championships.



Nadine Broersen runs to victory in the 2014 World Indoor Championship pentathlon competition.

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Nadine Broersen of the Netherlands earned the first gold medal of the 2014 World Indoor Championships by hanging on for victory in the pentathlon. Broersen opened a 116-point cushion after the first three events, during the day’s early session. She was third overall in the 60-meter hurdles with a personal best 8.32 seconds, then topped all competitors by leaping a national record 1.93 meters (6 feet, 4 inches) in the high jump. She finished her morning by placing fourth overall in the shot put (throwing 14.59/47-10¼) for a total of 3,035 points. Sharon Day-Monroe of the United States was second overall at 2,919 while Canada’s Brianne Theisen-Eaton – wife of American heptathlon champion Ashton Eaton – was third at 2,914. Broersen is not always strong in the final two pentathlon events – the long jump and 800-meter run – so the gold medal appeared to be up for grabs during the afternoon session.

Broersen leaped a respectable 6.17/20-2¾ in the long jump, good for fourth overall, which helped protect her lead. The 902 points she scored left her with 3,937, giving her a 101-point advantage entering the 800 meters. Ukraine’s Alina Fodorova was second in the long jump at 6.26/20-6½ to move into second place with 3,836 points, while Theisen-Eaton remained in third at 3,804. Day-Monroe leaped just 5.94/19-5¾ and fell to fourth with 3,750 points.

Broersen  ran sixth overall in the 800, finishing in 2:14.97, but that was enough to give the 23-year-old a winning total of 4,830 points. Theisen-Eaton was second in the 800, running 2:10.07 to pass Fodorova in the standings and take the silver medal. Theisen-Eaton earned a national-record 4,768 points while Fodorova finished third with a personal-best 4,724. Day-Monroe rallied and led all runners in the 800, with a time of 2:09.80, but she fell six points shy of the bronze medal.

Shot Put

Valerie Adams was a huge favorite in the shot put, and the New Zealander lived up to all expectations. Adams threw all five legal attempts past the 20-meter mark – a third-round foul was her only mistake of the day – to win her third World Indoor title with a fifth-round attempt of 20.67 meters (67 feet, 9¾ inches). Germany’s Christina Schwanitz settled into second place after round 1 and stayed there, eventually reaching 19.94/65-5 in the fifth round to take the silver. China’s Gong Liljao moved into third place with a fourth-round toss measuring 19.24/63-1½, which stood up for the bronze medal. Russia’s Evgeniia Kolodko (19.11/62-8¼) and American Michelle Carter (19.10/62-8) both threw season bests but fell short of a podium finish.

Not surprisingly, Adams led all qualifiers earlier in the day, securing her place in the final with a first-round toss of 20.11/65-11¾. Schwanitz, Yuliya Leantsiuk of Belarus and Carter also beat the automatic qualifying mark of 18.70/61-4¼.

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