Rio 2016: When is the women's heptathalon and can Jessica Ennis-Hill win again?

A look ahead to the women’s heptathlon

Megan Baynes
Monday 01 August 2016 13:25
Everything you need to know about Women's Heptathlon

When is it?

The women’s heptathlon final will be held on Saturday 13th August 2016. The 800m race is the last of the seven events that make up the heptathlon.

What time will it be on?

The race will start at approximately 2:35am Saturday 20th August BST (22:35pm local time in Rio).

Where can I watch it live?

BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Four, the BBC red button and the BBC Sport website will have live coverage of all events at Rio 2016.

Who are the contenders?

Canada’s Brianne Theisen-Eaton, the world leader in the heptathlon this year, will go up against British champion Jessica Ennis-Hill. Katarina Johnson-Thompson, who achieved a lifetime outdoor best of 1.95m earlier this month, is also hoping to bring home a medal.

Any British hopes?

Johnson-Thompson out performed Ennis-Hill at the Olympic Station, winning the long jump ahead of world silver medallist Shara Proctor last month.

Ennis-Hill, world and Olympic champion, finished an underwhelming 7th at London’s Anniversary Games in July. She remains hopeful she’ll rise to the occasion when the Olympic event gets underway.

Remember when…

Ennis-Hill broke a series of records at London 2012. From the season’s best in the 800m, to the second national record of the season, she was also the best winning mark at the Olympics in 20 years. Two British records in 100m hurdles and heptathlon mean that Ennis-Hill held three national records, and was co-holder of the high jump record.

Silver medallist, Lilli Schwarzkopf was briefly disqualified for breaking the inside lane too early in her final sprint of the 800m. However, she was reinstated later that evening, and narrowly missed out on her personal best by less than a second.

What’s the world record?

7291 points (Jackie Joyner-Kersee, 24th September 1988)

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