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Aug 13, 2013 2:41 PM by Andrew Masuda

Former Mustang Sharon Day finishes 6th at World Championships

Former Cal Poly All-American Sharon Day missed out on a spot on the medal podium at the IAAF World Championships by 71 points in the women's heptathlon on Tuesday in Moscow, Russia.

The 28 year old finished sixth out of 32 women with a total of 6,407 points. Ukranian Ganna Melnichenko won her first gold medal with a personal-best score of 6,586 points. Canadian Brianne Theisen Eaton, the wife of Olympic and Worlds gold medal decathlete Ashton Eaton, finished second with 6,530 points. Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands earned the bronze with 6,477 points. Claudia Rath of Germany finished fourth with 6,462 points and Great Britian's Katarina Johnson-Thompson came in fifth with a score of 6,449.

Day started the second day of competition in third place, 56 points behind the leader Melnichenko. However, the former Cal Poly Female Athlete of the Year struggled in the long jump and earned just 786 points to slip to 7th place overall with a top mark of 19 feet, which ranked 25th in the session. Day narrowed the gap with a top throw of 154 feet, 8 inches, which was the 8th best in the field. Day finished with a career-best time of 2:08.94 in the 800 meters run.

Day entered Worlds as the USA outdoor champion and was coming off a career-best showing at Nationals with 6,550 points.

The sixth place finish still marked Day's best showing in a major international meet as a heptathlete. She finished 16th at the London Olympics, 18th at Worlds in 2011 and 10th place at Worlds in 2009.

Sharon will return to the Central Coast and be married in a few weeks.

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