Brianne Theisen Eaton, watched by her husband and Olympic champion Ashton Eaton who pulled out of the decathlon late on Friday, won in Gotzis for the second time in her career, setting a national record of 6808.
The Canadian beat the former world junior champion Caroline Schaefer, who was second with a PB of 6547. World indoor champion Nadine Broersen from the Netherlands was third with 6531.
Theisen Eaton consolidated her leading position overnight after improving her personal best in the long jump to 6.72m. Only Germany’s Claudia Rath, fourth at the 2013 IAAF World Championships, jumped farther with 6.73m.
Dafne Schippers stayed in second place with a solid effort of 6.48m. Ukraine’s Anastasya Mokhnyuk produced the major change in the standings by overtaking Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill and moving up to third thanks to her 6.54m jump.
With two events to go, Theisen Eaton had built a gap of 130 points over Schippers.
Anouk Vetter from the Netherlands threw the javelin to 50.09m to move up from seventh to third. Theisen Eaton increased her advantage slightly to 144 points over Schippers after her throw of 42.96m, while Vetter was now just 40 points behind Schippers in third place with only the 800m remaining.
Broersen improved her ranking from 12th to sixth thanks to having the best javelin throw with a distance of 53.65m while Schaefer reached 49.08m to move up from sixth to fifth.
Schippers sadly pulled out of the competition before the 800m due to a minor knee problem, understandably not wanting to take any risks ahead of a long season.
Ennis-Hill set the pace on the first lap of the 800m but Theisen Eaton followed hard on her heels and tried to edge the Briton in the sprint for the line. But Ennis-Hill responded and held off her rival to win in 2:09.21 to Theisen Eaton’s 2:09.37, although the later secured the overall victory.
“I knew I was ready and fit but I was not sure I would be able to score such a high score," said Brianne. "I'm particularly pleased with the high jump and the long jump and the 200m. My coach thought that I had the capability to set this score. Compared to my win two years ago, today the weather was much better this weekend than it was in 2013."
Ennis-Hill, in her first heptathlon since winning her Olympic title in front of a home crowd, scored 6520 for fourth place.
“If someone had said '65' (6500 points) beforehand, I would have grabbed that with two hands," she said. "I'm really happy to score that, yeah, I am made up."
Diego Sampaolo for the IAAF