Apart from her hometown, there may not a better place for Brianne Theisen-Eaton to shine in Oregon, the state where the Canadian has evolved to become one of the world’s best combined eventers.
After winning three silvers in her past three trips to global championships, Theisen-Eaton eyes her first global title to replace 2014 champion Nadine Broersen, who is not competing in Portland.
But two Ukrainians may have different plans: world leader Anastasiya Mokhnyuk (4745) and Alina Fodorova, who wants to improve her bronze medal performance from Sopot 2014.
The home crowd support could help Kendell Williams become the first US woman to win a world indoor pentathlon medal since DeDee Nathan´s win in 1999. The world junior 100m hurdles champion improved her best to 4703 when winning the NCAA title in Birmingham last weekend.
Great Britain’s world junior champion Morgan Lake is chasing the world U20 record (4535) set by Carolina Kluft in 2002, having come within eight points of that mark in 2015 and within 16 points of it this year.
The field has been increased to 12 for the first time since 1997. Hungary’s Gyorgyi Zsivoczky-Farkas, sixth in the heptathlon at the 2015 World Championships, should also be in the mix for the medals.
Javier Clavelo Robinson for the IAAF