Louise Hazell pulled together a determined and persistent series over a two-day venture in a high quality heptathlon at Ratingen, Germany, last weekend to carve out a narrow new PB of 6166pts, effectively ensuring of a berth on the British team for Deague alongside World and European champion Jessica Ennis.

The Commonwealth champion got off to a solid start of 13.36 secs in the hurdles (1.2m/sec) to follow through with a better-than-usual 1.71m in the high jump, an equal PB, a 11.63 put in the shot and round out the first day in a windy 23.90 secs (2.9m/sec) over 200m, settling nicely into a PB pace.

Coming back the second day, she kept her pace going as she leapt to a slightly windy 6.41m (2.3m/sec) in the long jump, posting also a legal 6.36m (-0.4), and launched a SB of 42.87m in the javelin to set herself into a good position for the final push, where she needed something around 2:16 over 800m to revise her Commonwealth mark.

And she did not let the chance slip out of her grasp to stick at her task all the way to run an individual PB of 2:15.36 over the distance and raise a new lifetime total that saw her occupy a creditable seventh in the competition, eventually won by Jennifer Oeser (GER) on a sound 6663pts, third-ranked in the world and just 20pts off her PB.

For that matter, the joy was double for the 25-year-old Brit as she did not only confirm her form to the British selectors only a few weeks before the team for Daegu is named but also obtained the Olympic A standard to take have a huge burden off her shoulders early.

Heptathlon Results & Standings


Algerian Larbi Bouraada was the decathlon victor with a PB of 8302pts.

Decathlon Results & Standings