Ashley Bryant keeps on a smooth track through the decathlon and all Brits have made it safely through the 200m first round heats in the morning of the third day.
20-year-old Bryant has taken up where he left off last night to get the second day off to a 14.71 secs flight over the hurdles (-0.5m/sec) (885pts), some way off his PB but still faster than the 14.75 secs en route to his decathlon PB early last month, to remain firmly on trail to a new lifetime mark and even picked up through a SB of 40.46m in the discus (674pts) later on. After seven disciplines, his total amounts to 5605pts.
In the women’s 200m first round, Margaret Adeoye began her first international competitive trip on a winning trail as she nicked the third heat in 24.20 secs from Russian Nina Argunova (24.21) into a -1.0m/sec headwind where Emily Diamond followed in her footsteps to comfortably notch the seventh and penultimate run in 23.90 secs (1.5m/sec). Sonia Tabares (POR) came out fastest qualifier in 23.75 secs (-0.9m/sec) from the last heat.
James Alaka romped to a comfortable top place in the men’s fourth heat in 21.32 secs (-o.1m/sec) in a rather casual first round of the men’s 200m while Ashley Helsby and Gemma Bennett were fourth and third in their 100m hurdles heats in 13.74 (0.7m/sec) and 13.50 (-0.1m/sec) respectively to go through to the next round. American favourite Christina Manning was top of the first round in 13.23 secs (-0.3m/sec) and along with Turk Nevin Yanit should be the main contenders for the title.
In the sole final of the morning, Russian Andrei Krinov edged out compatriot Michail Ruzhov to win the men’s 20km race walking in 1h24:21 to the latter’s 1h24:26.