Brianne Theisen-Eaton talks to husband Ashton Eaton in between events at the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot (Getty Images) © Copyright
Iaaf News Portland, USA

Combined events and relay fields announced for IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016

One week from now, the focus of the athletics world will be on the IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016, which takes place from 17-20 March.

Much of the spotlight will be on the combined events as Oregon-based Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theisen-Eaton will be in action. World and Olympic decathlon champion Eaton will be aiming for his third successive world indoor heptathlon title, while Theisen-Eaton will be looking to win her first global title.

The size of the combined events fields for this year’s championships has been increased; for the first time since 1997, the pentathlon and heptathlon will have 12 athletes in each competition.

The invites for the combined events in Portland were based on the 2015 IAAF Combined Events Challenge, on last year's outdoor world season lists, on this year’s indoor world season lists, plus one wild card.

Heptathlon field
Curtis Beach (USA)
Larbi Bourrada (ALG)
Mathias Brugger (GER)
Ashton Eaton (USA)
Kurt Felix (GRN)
Adam Sebastian Helcelet (CZE)
Oleksiy Kasyanov (UKR)
Jeremy Lelievre (FRA)
Tim Nowak (GER)
Petter Olson (SWE)
Samuel Remedios (POR)
Jorge Urena (ESP)

Pentathlon field
Makeba Alcide (LCA)
Katerina Cachova (CZE)
Georgia Ellenwood (CAN)
Alina Fodorova (UKR)
Morgan Lake (GBR)
Celina Leffler (GER)
Anastasiya Mokhnyuk (UKR)
Barbara Nwaba (USA)
Salcia Slack (JAM)
Brianne Theisen-Eaton (CAN)
Kendell Williams (USA)
Gyorgyi Zsivoczky-Farkas (HUN)

The IAAF has also received entries for the men’s and women’s 4x400m. The nations that will be contesting that event are:

South Africa
Trinidad and Tobago
United States

United States