17 JUL 2014 Preview Eugene, USA

Women’s heptathlon preview – IAAF World Junior Championships, Oregon 2014

Yorgelis Rodriguez of Cuba celebrates after winning heptathlon gold at the IAAF World Junior Championships (Getty Images)Yorgelis Rodriguez of Cuba celebrates after winning heptathlon gold at the IAAF World Junior Championships (Getty Images) © Copyright

Yorgelis Rodriguez will be one of four defending champions in Eugene, and her heptathlon PB of 6231 in Havana in February is still the leading mark for juniors in 2014 and one of the top ten all-time.

But the Cuban was beaten in Gotzis by Netherlands’ Nadine Visser, who scored a PB of 6110. In that same competition, 17-year-old Morgan Lake – who will still be young enough for the next World Junior Championships – scored a PB of 6081 to finish just one place behind Rodriguez.

Earlier in the season, Lake became the youngest ever winner of the Multistars title in Florence, winning the heptathlon with 5896 at the age of 16.

Parker Morse for the IAAF

Women's Heptathlon Event timing

Previous Champion

Competitor Nat Date
Yorgelis Rodríguez CUB CUB 13 JUL 2012
Competitor Mark Nat Venue Date
Carolina Klüft 6470 SWE SWE Kingston, JAM 20 JUL 2002

2014 Best

Pos Competitor Nat Mark
1 Yorgelis Rodríguez CUB CUB 6231
2 Morgan Lake GBR GBR 6148
3 Nadine Visser NED NED 6110
4 Kendell Williams USA USA 6018
5 Celina Leffler GER GER 5846