World pentathlon record holder and third best all-time heptathlete, Nafi Thiam, is uncertain to compete in the upcoming World Athletics Championships. The two-time Olympic and World heptathlon champion recently withdrew from the Belgium National Championships due to an Achilles tendon issue.
Thiam, now 28, is yet to confirm her participation in the Budapest championship event, scheduled to commence on 19th August. According to her coach, Michael Van der Plaetsen, it’s still unclear how her tendons will respond to rigorous training sessions that lie ahead.
Van der Plaetsen spoke with Belgian newspaper, Le Soir, stating that “Tendonitis never strikes at a convenient time. Without a decrease in intensity, the condition could deteriorate.” He was sharing these insights after Thiam skipped recent Diamond League events in both Monaco and London, withdrawing after only two heptathlon rounds during her national championships.
In March, Thiam recorded a world record in the pentathlon at the European Indoor Athletics Championships held in Istanbul, amassing 5,055 points. She later garnered a total of 6,947 points, securing her second heptathlon world title in Eugene the previous year, finishing ahead of Anouk Vetter from the Netherlands and American Anna Hall.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Nafi Thiam’s participation
What is causing uncertainty about Nafi Thiam’s participation in the World Athletics Championships?
Nafi Thiam, the two-time Olympic and world heptathlon champion, is dealing with an Achilles tendon problem. This issue led her to withdraw from the Belgium National Championships and is casting doubt on her participation in the upcoming World Athletics Championships in Budapest.
Which events did Nafi Thiam recently miss due to her Achilles tendon problem?
Thiam missed recent Diamond League meetings held in Monaco and London due to her Achilles tendon issue. Additionally, she withdrew after only two rounds of heptathlon events at her national championships.
What record did Nafi Thiam set earlier this year?
Earlier this year, Nafi Thiam set a world record in the pentathlon at the European Indoor Athletics Championships held in Istanbul, scoring 5,055 points.
What advice did Nafi Thiam’s coach give about her condition?
Michael Van der Plaetsen, Thiam’s coach, emphasized that tendonitis must be handled with care. He cautioned that without decreasing the intensity of training, her condition could worsen. He stated this in an interview with Belgian newspaper Le Soir.
Who were Nafi Thiam’s competitors at the previous World Championships?
In the previous World Championships, Nafi Thiam competed against Anouk Vetter from the Netherlands and Anna Hall from the United States. Thiam secured her second heptathlon world title with a total of 6,947 points.