Phillips Idowu made light and slick work of the qualifying round in the men’s triple jump as Dai Greene‘s golden ride the previous night showed to rub off on the efforts of British athletes this morning.

The defending global champion was quick off the mark to sail out to 17.17m (0.5m/sec) despite totally missing the take-off board in his very first attempt and book his place on Sunday’s final, signalling the measure of the task awaiting anyone aspiring to take his throne. On this short glimpse into his form, he looks well capable of hopping beyond his PB of 17.81 and further closer to 18m.

Cuban Alexis Copello topped both groups with a second-round 17.31m (0.2m/sec) while current and former Olympic champions Nelson Evora (POR) and Christian Olsson (SWE) also both needed two attempts to seal their places by right out at 17.20m (0.6m/sec) and 17.16m (0.0) respectively, the former’s second best jump of the season.

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Tiffany Porter got off on the front foot in the women’s 100m hurdles as she breezed over the sticks to a comfortable win in 12.84 secs over Colombia’s Lina Flopez (12.98) into a strong headwind of -1.6m/sec in the third heat of the preliminary round where Aussie Sally Pearson demonstrated her gold medal favourite credentials in a sizzling opener of 12.53 secs (-0.6m/sec) to signal her intentions. Kellie Wells, Danielle Carruthers and Olympic champion Dawn Harper claimed three out of the five heats in 12.73 (1.0m/sec), 12.79 (0.0) and 12.89 secs (1.3m/sec) respectively for the Americans to announce their challenge.

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Skipper Christian Malcolm surprisingly failed to make the top three in a second heat easily dominated by Usain Bolt (20.30) and endured a long anxious wait over the remaining five rounds before he could get the green light to move through to the semifinals on his 20.66 secs (-0.3m/sec) for fourth, caught out by unlikely contender Pavel Maslak‘s (CZE) PB of 20.63 secs for third. Walter Dix (USA), Nickel Ashmeade (JAM), Christophe Lemaitre (FRA) and Alonso Edward (PAN) all eased through their heats in the driving seat in style.

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Sophie Hitchon could not get into her rhythm to bow out rather quietly in the qualification of the women’s hammer with a third round 64.93m as her best on the day, nevertheless the experience of such a high calibre event will serve her well even in the near future. Chinese Wenxiu Zhang was top qualifier among both pools at 74.17m as all major names including Betty Heidler (GER) and Anita Wlodarczyk (POL).

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Finally, a most welcome spectacle was a solid 3:23.05, fastest time by a British outfit since 2008, for runner-ups in the third semifinal of the women’s 4x400m relay by a full-strength quartet out of Christine Ohuruogu, Nicola Sanders, Lee McConnell and Perri Shakes-Drayton. Ohuruogu in particular showed plenty of hunger to redeem herself through a sound lead-off of 51.6 secs from the inside lane and McConnell was very impressive on the third. The team could well have ranged in the 3:22 province had they started from a better lane and they will be hoping to find a second or two to push Jamaica, who finished first in 3:22.01 despite resting a couple of key members, out of the medals.

Russia set a world-leading mark of 3:20.94 in winning the second heat and the US team claimed the opener in 3:23.57 without employing full-strength teams of the like of Sanya Richards-Ross or Allyson Felix to set up a hotly anticipated duel for the title.

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