Anouk Vetter did good business in the long jump on Thursday in the hunt for an Olympic medal in the heptathlon.

The Dutchman almost set a personal best with a distance of 6.47 meters and retained her lead in the standings.

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The 28-year-old Vetter, who has a personal best of 6.49 meters, added 997 points to her total score with her distance of 6.47 meters.

The Amsterdammer has 4,965 points after five of the seven parts.

Vetter saw Nafissatou Thiam, who started the heptathlon as the towering favorite, come closer.

The Belgian came in the long jump to a distance of 6.60 meters, took 1,040 points and now has only four points less than Vetter (4,961).

Noor Vidts came with 6.32 meters (949 points) less than Vetter and dropped from second place to third place in the standings.

The Belgian now has 75 points less than Vetter.

Emma Oosterwegel also did good business in the long jump.

The Dutch came to 6.29 meters (940 points) and rose from eleventh to eighth place in the standings.

Nadine Broersen didn't play due to an injury.

Top 5 heptathlon after five parts

  • 1. Anouk Vetter (Netherlands) - 4.965

  • 2. Nafissatou Thiam (Belgium) - 4.961

  • 3. Noor Vidts (Belgium) - 4.890

  • 4. Annie Kunz (United States) - 4,819

  • 5. Kendell Williams (United States) - 4.692

Nafissatou Thiam started the heptathlon as the towering favourite.

Nafissatou Thiam started the heptathlon as the towering favourite.

Photo: ANP

Javelin throw and 800 meters still on the program

The all-around will continue on Thursday at 5.30 am (Dutch time) with javelin throwing and the concluding 800 meters at 2.20 pm.

Javelin throwing is arguably the best part of Vetter, who surprisingly became European champion in 2016 and took World Cup bronze in London in 2017.

She is not that strong in the 800 meters.

The advantage for Vetter is that reigning world champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson from Great Britain has already been injured.

See also: View the medal table with the Netherlands outside the top ten

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