Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill has won heptathlon gold at the World Championships in Beijing.
‘Touch of class!’ – see Britain’s Jessica Ennis-Hill comfort heartbroken Katarina Johnson-Thompson
The Sheffield athlete won her 800m heat in 2:10.13 ahead of Theisen-Eaton to round off a resounding success after she missed the 2014 season due to her pregnancy. She only returned to competition in Manchester in May.
It is her second world gold after she won the heptathlon in Berlin six years ago.
Silver goes to Thiesen-Eaton of Canada, who was carrying a slight injury. Bronze to Latvia’s Laura Ikauniece-Admidina.
The morning drama had all come in the heptathlon where fellow Brit Katarain Johnson-Thompson, an excellent long jumper, had trailed Ennis-Hill by 80 points in second place and was looking for a big jump to aid her quest for gold only for her keenness to result in three fouls and no points.
The British team appealed the narrow decision on the 22-year-old’s third jump but later withdrew the protest after viewing all evidence, ending her medal hopes.
Dutchwoman Nadine Broersen moved second after a javelin throw of 53.52 metres in the penultimate discipline, with Canadian Brianne Theisen-Eaton, the 2013 silver medallist and wife of decathlon world record holder Ashton Eaton, third on 5612 points.
Congratulations Jessica Ennis-Hill, your new heptathlon world champion with a superb 6669 points! pic.twitter.com/hhF2W9wuft
— IAAF (@iaaforg) August 23, 2015
Ennis-Hill, who gave birth to her son 13 months ago, offered 42.51m in the javelin and with 5705 points to take an 86-point lead in to the last event, the 800 metres, in a Sunday evening session headlined by the battle between Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin for men’s 100m gold.