Brianne Wins Silver at Worlds

Brianne Wins Silver at Worlds No double gold for newlyweds Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theisen-Eaton

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Ducks fans will recognize Brianne Theisen-Eaton's celebration after she won the silver medal in the heptathlon Tuesday at the world championships in Moscow. (The Associated Press)


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on August 13, 2013 at 10:47 AM, updated August 13, 2013 at 10:48 AM


MOSCOW -- The Eatons finished their working honeymoon in Russia on Tuesday, ever so close to making it a double-gold celebration at the IAAF World Championships.

Brianne Theisen-Eaton of Canada failed to sufficiently shake Ganna Melnichenko in the final 800-meter race of the heptathlon and finished with a silver medal two days after husband Ashton Eaton won the decathlon.

After two days of competition, Theisen-Eaton no longer had the legs to create a decisive gap ahead of Melnichenko. And while the Ukrainian wrapped herself in her national flag, Theisen-Eaton wrapped herself in the embrace of her smiling husband.

Barely a month after marriage, the former Oregon Ducks stars proved it was a near-perfect competitive match as she gained her first international medal.

Melnychenko won her first major competition with 6,586 points to 6,530 for Theisen-Eaton. Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands took the bronze.