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Canada's Jessica Zelinka 6th in heptathlon

08/04/2012 11:00 EDT | Updated 10/04/2012 05:12 EDT
Canada's Jessica Zelinka finished in sixth in the women's heptathlon on Saturday at the London Olympics after racing to a second-place showing in her 800-metre race heat.

The London, Ont., native finished with 6480 points after the final event, with a season-best time of 2:09.15.

Great Britain's Jessica Ennis captured gold with 6955 points, winning the heat in 2:08.65. Silver went to Russia's Tatayna Chernova and Lyudmyla Yosypenko of Ukraine took bronze.

Brianne Theisen of Humboldt, Sask., finished in 10th place with 6383 points. She raced to a personal best of 2:09.27 to win her 800m heat.

Zelinka entered in eighth place, after posting a personal best of 45.75 metres in the javelin to jump within 198 points of medal contention.

The 30-year-old had a strong first day Friday, clawing back from a poor performance in the high jump in which she placed 19th. She then moved up to 10th place after a personal best of 14.81 metres in the shot put.

Zelinka also posted a personal best time of 23.32 seconds in the in the 200-metre event.

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