The 2014 European bronze medalist in the heptathlon is one of the first Belgian athletes that is sure to compete at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next year after comfortably qualifying with a ninth-place finish at the Hypo-Meeting in Gotzis, Austria.

Thiam, who won the silver medal at this year’s European Indoor Championships, registered 6412 points, 212 points more than the tally she needed to take her to Brazil.