Noor Vidts sixth in heptathlon, Katarina Johnson-Thompson world champion
Belgium's Noor Vidts finished sixth in the heptathlon on Sunday at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest. The 27-year-old from Brussels finished fourth in the 800m, the final event, with her best time of the season.
Vidts' fourth place gave her a total of 6,450 points and secured sixth place in the overall standings. Great Britain's Katarina Johnson-Thompson finished with 6,740 points to succeed Belgium's Nafi Thiam as world champion. It's the the 30-year-old's second world title.
In 2019, Johnson-Thompson denied Thiam gold in Doha. On Sunday in Budapest, she was flanked on the podium by American Anna Hall and the Netherlands' Anouk Vetter.
Thiam, who this year won the Belgian Athlete of the Year award for the fourth time, was unable to compete at this year's World Championships due to injury. Achilles tendon problems have been bothering Thiam for some time, as she announced in June. She was forced to skip the Diamond League meetings in Monaco and London in July.
Noor Vidts (left) and Katarina Johnson-Thompson during the 800m race © BELGA PHOTO ERIC LALMAND