Gianni Frankis has got off to a strong start in the men’s sprint hurdles to wrap up a good fourth morning for the British athletes in Shenzhen.

The UK runner-up clocked the fastest time among all qualifiers out of the first round to claim the opening heat in 13.66 secs in almost still conditions (0.2m/sec) and will be hoping to build on that in the quarterfinals later on.

Welshman Joe Thomas also got off on a winning trail as he comfortably headed the sixth qualifying heat of the men’s 800m home in 1:50.18, hitting the front in the third 200m after a slow first lap of 56.12 secs while Stacey Smith stayed out of trouble herself to get fifth in 4:32.16 in a very slow tactical second virtual semifinal of the women’s 1500m that offered no fastest losers through. Ukraine’s Anna Mishchenko, who impressed in the early stages of the Diamond League this season, was top of that one in 4:31.78.

The first title of the day went to Spaniard Julia Takacs Nyerges who came out an clear winner of the women’s 20km race walking in 1h33:51 to prevail over the mighty Russian girls, led by Tatiana Shemyakina in 1:34.23 for silver while Nina Okhotnikova got bronze in 1h35:10. Judging by the times of the latter couple, who hold very fast times of 1h28:55 and 1h28:41 respectively lying in the top ten in the world, conditions must have been atrocious for the walkers.