Thiam, who turns 19 in August, had a breakthrough indoor season earlier this year when putting together a World indoor junior best performance in the pentathlon with a total of 4558 points in Ghent and taking 6th place at the European Athletics Indoor Championships last March. She is coached by former Belgian decathlete and ’68 Olympian Roger Lespagnard.

The occupational therapy student from Liege had a promising start to her 2013 outdoor campaign in Bambous, Mauritius where she improved her NJR to break the 6000 points barrier and meet the qualifying standard for the European Athletics Junior Championships with a score of 6023 points.

Prior to her 2013 achievements, the versatile junior took 4th place in the heptathlon at the 2011 World Youth Championships in the French town of Lille. She concluded 2012 ranked as fourth best European junior heptathlete.

“I am very excited to be working with WAFEL Sports Management who will help me in taking the right steps in my build-up to Rio2016 and my overall development as a professional athlete” Nafissatou commented following the announcement.