There has been a good second morning for the British contingent in Shenzhen as all five Brits progressed to the next phase although Lennie Waite squeezed through to the women’s 3000m steeplechase as a fastest loser.
The 25-year-old US-based ‘chaser came fifth in 9:56.87 in the second and faster semifinal won by Turkey’s Binnaz Uslu in 9:47.29, with four automatic places on offer, which was enough since the respective placer in the previous heat had gone over 10 minutes.
Ashley Bryant is enjoying a very promising early campaign in the decathlon as he has arrayed a 11.08 secs over 100m (0.1m/sec), fastest of all for 843pts, a PB of 7.48m (0.3m/sec) in the long jump for 930pts and a SB of 13.32m in the shot for 687pts, totaling 2640pts on three disciplines and on course for a PB.
Welsh record holder Sally Peake initially struggled as she needed all three attempts to eventually go over 4.05m but bounced back to clear 4.15 at the first time of asking and ensure of her place in the women’s pole vault final, where Slovenia’s new name Tina Sutej (4.61m) will be the favourite.
UK Trials runner-up Richard Davenport comfortably won the fourth preliminary heat in 51.08 secs and U23 Niall Flannery was third in the second run in 51.25 behind Portugal’s Joao Ferreira, who set 50.88 secs, to make the next stage of the men’s 400m hurdles, hot favourite Jeshua Anderson (USA) fastest through in 49.78 secs from the opening heat.
Leslie Arthur Copeland set a national record of a respectable 80.45m for Fiji to go top of qualifiers for the men’s javelin final, a rarest sight and in a throwing event at that.