السبت , يونيو 13 2020

British pair set pace in heptathlon

Britain’s Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill leads the World Championship heptathlon after two events with Katarina Johnson-Thompson second after a dramatic morning in the Bird’s Nest.

Ennis-Hill matched her season’s best with 1.86m in the high jump, having run 12.91 seconds in the 100m hurdles as she attempts to win back her world title after giving birth to son Reggie.


Katarina Johnson-Thompson competes in heptathlon high jump

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Katarina Johnson-Thompson wins heptathlon high jump

Fellow Briton Johnson-Thompson, who has jumped 1.97m indoors this year, salvaged 1.89m from the high jump despite struggling with her run-up.

Gold medal favourite Brianne Theisen-Eaton produced a personal best of 12.98secs in the hurdles, but managed only 1.80m in the high jump, well down on her best, to slip back to fifth, 87 points behind Ennis-Hill.

Johnson-Thompson needed three attempts to get over her opening height of 1.80m having hit the uprights with her head on her second attempt, and a third failure would have ended the 22-year-old’s medal hopes.

But she found a semblance of rhythm to back up a personal best of 13.37secs in the 100m hurdles, and with the shot put and javelin to come in Saturday’s evening session, remains in the hunt for her first senior medal at a global level.

Nineteen-year-old Eritrean
Ghirmay Ghebreslassie won the men’s marathon

in 2 hours 12 minutes 27 seconds, stretching away from Ethiopia’s Yemane Tsegay in the final mile with Uganda’s Solomon Mutai taking bronze.


Ghirmay Ghebreslassie makes marathon history in Beijing

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Ghirmay Ghebreslassie makes marathon history in Beijing

Defending champion Stephen Kiprotich came in sixth, while world record holder Dennis Kimetto and double London Marathon winner Wilson Kipsang both dropped out at 30km.

Britain’s
Laura Weightman

and
Laura Muir

both qualified comfortably from the heats of the 1500m, although Weightman suffered a nasty fall having crossed the line.

Weightman cut her face in the fall, but the 24-year-old from Northumberland later tweeted: “Had a close encounter with the track this morning. Good job I’m a northern girl and survived. Thanks for everyone’s messages. Semi-final next!”

Nick Miller’s

first round throw of 77.42m, less than a metre down on his own British record, saw him qualify for the hammer final, but
Michael Rimmer

and his young compatriot
Kyle Langford

went out in the first round of the 800m.

In the day’s second session,
Mo Farah

goes for gold in the 10,000m at 13:50 BST while
Usain Bolt

and
Justin Gatlin

compete in the 100m heats from 12:20.

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