Perri Shakes-Drayton is easily through the third preliminary heat of the 400m hurdles as she powers round the second half of the race into second in 55.90 secs well behind a flowing Lashinda Demus, who sets a smooth 54.93 secs. Nice job!

Tougher work for Eilidh Child from the inside lane but she delivers a solid run to go through the fourth heat in third in 56.18 secs, Vania Stambolova getting this one in 55.29 secs. The Jamaican top duo of Kaliese Spencer and Melaine Walker also catch the eye with prominent displays in winning their heats in 54.93 and 54.86 secs respectively.



Unfortunately, Ennis can’t overcome 1.89m for a slightly disappointing performance in the high jump to leave the field open to Fountain, who makes the most of the Brit’s earlier than anticipated exit to grind out a third-time clearance and move 41pts away.

Well, it seems that Ennis is going to keep everyone on edge all the way as she fails twice at 1.86m, just a mere attempt left… But she summons up her strength to go over that at the third and settle nerves among the British supporters. Hyleas Fountain has already cleared that height at the first, maintaining a clean sheet so far, while Chernova, Dobrynska and Oeser all go out.

Jessica Ennis clears 1.86m at the third attempt

Jessica Ennis is over 1.83m at the second time of asking again and back on track, hopefully she is going to embark on a smoother trail over the following heights.

Jessica encounters a few problems as she clears 1.80m at the second and misses 1.83m at the first, getting too close to the bar. Fabulous follow-up for Louise Hazell with a PB of 1.74m in the high jump!

Standings (after 2 disciplines)



Brett Morse squeezes into the men’s discus final through a second-round 62.38m to snatch the 12th and last place available as some big names like Zoltan Covago (HUN) crash out! Carl Myerscough can’t follow through on a best of 60.29m on the day but it’s great news that Britain will have a male thrower in a final.



Dai Greene comfortably qualifies from the opening heat of the men’s 400m hurdles as he gets first place in a smooth 48.52 secs tied with South African Cornell Frederics, breezing through in the late stages after a conservative first 300m. Jack Green falls well behind the main pace over the first 200m in the fourth heat but makes good ground round the top bend to come through into third, yet stumbles badly over the last hurdle and has to hold himself inside his lane to come an eventual fourth in 50.39 – won’t help him much in getting a good lane in the semis though. Nathan Woodward executes nicely from the outside to come second in the fifth in 49.06 secs and go safely through behind American Jeshua Anderson (48.83).



Some excellent steeplechasing on show in the virtual semifinal heats, in particular the second run where Ezekiel Kemboi drifts past outwards in 8:10.93, a slight shortcut out to the dressing rooms (!), after a brave Ruben Ramolefi (RSA) has done all the ‘dirty’ work from the front but still hangs on nicely to go through a convincing second in a national record of 8:11.50. Third is Hammid Ezzine (MAR) in a SB of 8:11.81 and Nahom Mesfim (ETH) fourth in a PB of 8:12.04, where Bouabdellah Tahri makes it easily through as a fastest loser in  8:13.22. Superb times for a morning heat!



The first of the three British discus throwers, Abdul Buhari (x, 60.21, 58.37), goes out early with 60.21m for 13th in the A pool. Hopefully, Brett Morse and Carl Myerscough will fare better in the other group but the British team need to get steadily on an upward trail having suffered already quite a few casualties on the way.

Group A results


Jessica Ennis gets off to a sound start to her campaign as she finishes a narrow runner-up in 12.94 secs (0.4m/sec) for 1133pts behind Hyleas Fountain, running on the far side, and was unlucky to hit hurdles two and eight hard with her trail leg, she could have won that in a low 12.8s – a good start nonetheless! Fountain’s time was a SB of 12.93 secs (1135pts) and the two of them get straight into the lead in the standings.

Hyleas Fountain sneaks the 100m hurdles from Jessica Ennis on the line

Great start for Louise Hazell to grab a PB of 13.24 secs for 1089pts from the outset which augurs well for a new total PB! Jennifer Oeser (GER) runs 13.33 secs.

Equal PB for Tatiana Chernova (RUS) in 13.32 secs behind Karolina Tyminska‘s (POL) big PB of 13.12 secs in the second heat (0.9m/sec), while Natalya Dobrynska (UKR) runs a PB of 13.43 secs in the fourth (1.7m/sec). Apparently, Jessica was least favoured by the wind, which has shifted into a steady tailwind since yesterday, compared to her major rivals but she has still gained a considerable early advantage.

Standings after one discipline

1.Hyleas Fountain (USA) 1135

2.Jessica Ennis (GBR) 1133

3.Jessica Zelinka (CAN) 1123

4.Karolina Tyminska (POL) 1106

5.Louize Hazell (GBR) 1089

6.Tatiana Chernova (RUS) 1077

7.Jennifer Oeser (GER) 1075

9.Natalya Dobrynska (UKR) 1060

100m hurdles Results


Jessica Ennis begins the defence of her global title in the heptathlon shortly and will be out eager to stamp her authority and set a searing relentless pace from the off, heaping up the pressure and stretching her rivals all along. Setting off the third day of action, first stop is traditionally the 100m hurdles, a stronghold of hers, where she will be looking to translate her excellent recent PB of 12.79 secs into a solid straight lead to have the others chasing hard, with an unconvincing this term Hyleas Fountain (USA) her main opposition in the opening heat. The American holds a PB of 12.78 secs, a SB of 13.12 secs, and could push the Briton to a fast time where headwinds down the home straight hopefully won’t be a feature as have been most of the first two days in Daegu. Berlin medalist Jennifer Oeser (GER), a PB of 13.14 secs, figures as well.

Commonwealth Champion Louise Hazell is also involved in that same heat hoping for a solid start to a campaign that could help haul up into a top eight placing, the next stepping-stone towards gaining a footing in the international centre of affairs in the event, with a useful SB of 13.32 secs. Among Jessica’s main rivals, Tatiana Chernova is rather surprisingly drawn in the following heat and Natalya Dobrynska (UKR) will have to wait further till the fourth and closing run to enter the fray.