Zelinka sets Canadian mark

Jessica Zelinka uses an ice pack during the javelin throw event of the heptathlon at the World...

Jessica Zelinka uses an ice pack during the javelin throw event of the heptathlon at the World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea, on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011. (REUTERS/Dylan Martinez)

STEVE GREEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:26 PM ET

A strong performance in the final discipline -- the 800 metres -- allowed Jessica Zelinka of London, Ont., to finish ninth in the heptathlon at the world track and field championships in Daegu, South Korea, the highest placing ever by a Canadian.

Sitting eighth in the seven-event competition heading into Tuesday's final three disciplines, Zelinka pulled off a season-best 6.16 metres in the long jump. She threw only 39.59 metres in the javelin, but she capped things off by finishing third in the 800 in 2:12.62, giving her a final total of 6,268 points.

"I have it in me to get on the podium," she said. "I just need to put it all together in one consistent heptathlon; that is the most important thing I am taking away from this."

Also in the heptathlon was Ruky Abdulai of Coquitlam, B.C., who registered a new personal best of 6,212 points. In the 800, she ran a personal-best 2:15.29 to finish 13th overall in the heptathlon.

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