Coverage of day two as Katarina Johnson-Thompson begins her bid to succeed retired champion Jessica Ennis-Hill. Commentary by Steve Cram.
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CHORAL MUSIC. In front of his home crowd in the
city he knows so well, the city he loves. The track that set him on
this brilliant journey. It's never been as quick as this,
it's never been as hard as this. This is phenomenal racing. The
British best with the heart pounding. He's a one-man world
superpower! Gold for Farrah! What a night it was. It's very much
the morning after the night before at the London Stadium in the Queen
Elizabeth Park. We've had a few showers this morning and we are all
here. Michael is busy working away on the other side of the studio on
some analysis. It's ladies morning on this side of the studio. Jed --
Jessica Ennis-Hill, Paula Radcliffe and Denise Lewis will reflect on a
fantastic first day. The newspapers reflecting that. Some fantastic
shots of the family and Mo celebrating. This picture on the
front of the times, giving the Ethiopian the eye, but there were so
many moments where he was whipping up the crowd, beating his chest,
giving a performance within a performance last night. He was. It
was the first time really where aside from controlling everybody
else in the race, he also controlled and orchestrated the crowd. He
wanted to enjoy this second occasion here at major championships inside
this stage and make the moment and create memories. A master tactician
and controlling the crowd, but staying on his feet, the balance and
boys. There was clearly a plan to keep him from the front. Try to put
him off. On the last lap it was partly his fault because he was
checking around when he got caught and lost his balance. But to stay on
his feet, we gain himself and just to be to control everything from
that point in. We've heard it time and again, if he's in the right
position with a lap to go, you never bet against them. Let's look at the
last lap. Until this point nothing seemed certain, it was incredible.
Three very, very good Kenyon 's and checked a guy still there. One lap
to go for Mo Farah. He's been clever, he's waited little. Now it's
where he's been before. Can he hold them off? He's done it before, he's
done it in London before, he's done it in the World Championships
before, he's been tripped before. Come on, Mo! The crowd are on their
feet. Tanui couldn't beat him last year, checked the guy has never had
the chance. The British best with the heart pounding beneath us. Mo
Farah in the front, controlling things. One more effort from Mo
Farah and here he goes! Mo Farah stretches away! Chapter guide trying
to chase in, it's not over yet, but Mo Farah is going to win it, he's
going to take another world title. He's a one-man world superpower.
Gold for Farah! So many people have said it in the
last 12 hours, it was one of the greatest races that people have ever
seen. Such a thrilling 26 minutes. Thrilling, adrenaline pumping. I
don't know how Mo must have felt because the energy from the crowd
was immense. What a race, what a man and how he managed to stay on his
feet was incredible. There was jeopardy at every corner. Just to be
able to come away with that medal again was hard. It doesn't get
easier. This is the end for him, his last ever 10,000 metres on the
track. Who would he want to be here with him? His family. They were all
on the track. For him it was the most special moment. You perform
like you do time after time, but to have your family there witnessing
it, your children being part of it, all those memories and images they
can look back on will be so special. It was so unique to have an
experience like that. His history on this track, the Olympics and the
Anniversary Games, he always delivers. He always races when he
says he will. He very rarely pulls out. He's a championship performer,
he gets it right on the big occasion every time. People will say who's
the greatest? We can have the debate for ages. He hasn't run world
records, but every time he needs to get it right, he does and that's
hard. An event when you're logging miles and miles week after week, to
not get injured and not break down in the build-up, that's a real
skill. Ladies and gentlemen, the national anthem of Great Britain and
Northern Ireland. It was a beautiful moment and all
the more so because what doesn't happen generally is you get your
medals so soon after the race. Within minutes he was in his
tracksuit and getting it. The crowd could appreciate him getting his
medal. He did the mobile with the others. -- the mobile. They will
always be part of one of those historic races. It's been noted on
social media and we've been talking about it, we had seen rehearsals of
the medal ceremony and we wondered whether it would stay the same.
There is no flag hoisting, only a low-level flag, someone holding a
flag in front of you from the British military services. It seems
a little bit... Not quite the respect of the flag you would like?
It's different. When you stand on the podium, it's nice to see your
flag raised and flying high and floating in the wind. I personally
would prefer it. The idea was to move the event onto the ceremonies.
So they are not long and drawn out. I understand why they've done it,
but the feedback is correct. You're missing that moment and does it
really... Do you save that much time? For the athletes, it is a
significant thing to see that flag. I've not noticed the flags as much
as you normally would. It's the focus as well, where do you look?
Your eyes naturally follow the flag up. It's that celebration and that
moment for you and that's not there. I think you'll have less people
crying on the podium. I think that emotion lifts as you lift and your
heart soars into the sky. It allows you to have that moment to cast your
mind back on the year and how you've got to that point. It's a really
special moment. Maybe less tears in this championship! There aren't few
golds on his CV and last night he added to that. Let's remind
ourselves of his tally across the ages. It is incredible, ridiculous.
Ten in global championships. Last night was the start of his attempt
to get five doubles in a row at global games. What last night has
done, it will be tough for that 5000 metres. That was the perceived
wisdom last night. The time of the race will make that a really
challenging V-Day. The way the others raised, the way they forced
him to run hard. He's run very close to his personal best. But he does
have a good amount of time and he is the master at getting the recovery
right. He has everything in place to do everything right over the next
couple of days to recover. It's not really, really stacked 5000 metres
against him. At his best, he should be able to control that and to come
through the heats expending minimum energy. Do you think he's the
respect he deserves in the wider sporting pantheon? He's never been
in the top three of sports personality of the year. This year
of all years you think surely now the public will get the hind him and
recognise what he's done. He literally cannot do more. Sports
personality is a different thing and it's hard to predict how that will
go, there are so many aboard -- outstanding performances. If you are
a fan of athletics come at you know how hard it is to achieve what he's
achieved. That transcends through sports. The public appreciate how
hard it's been for him to maintain that level of performance over the
years. Whether he will win not we don't know. It's all personal taste
and different things that guide people to where they vote. Because
he's made it look so seemingly easy, people think it just comes to him.
He's a master. As a spectator, you think he's doing well, the director
and I could run that speed. If you try to comprehend how fast he runs
over that distance. 120 miles per week. Ridiculous. He deserves to be
up there. Explain how hard it is to do that for so long. He's not had
injury breaks from relentless. He's had injuries. He manages them. He
gets over them so quickly. It's very, very hard, particularly as you
get older. I'm not saying he's old, but he's 34. His body doesn't absorb
and cope with training as well as it did before. He finds it harder to
recover. It's a way of adapting and bringing in the whole gamut of
everything, stability, weights work, everything that helps him keep his
balance, he maintains his form to be a butter run as quickly as he does.
-- to be able to run. He's very lucky in terms of his body. It's one
of his talents, being able to manage that injury risk against putting the
hard work in and the quality work in that enables him to be in shape.
That's partly to do with the setup. He moved to Oregon because the
facilities are so fantastic and because he has the rehabilitation
and the maintenance at his disposal. Yes and no because he doesn't spend
much time in Oregon any more. He went into that setup and he saw...
The Mo Farah of 2009 and 2010 did not lift much, didn't do much in the
gym, was pretty weak in terms of his strength and that was the biggest
difference when he came back from Oregon. He worked with the likes of
David McKendry and does a lot of core stability work to make sure he
can maintain that form and speed. The contrast between the 2008
Olympics and 2016. Last year we did a split screen of his upper body and
his style of running and what it did to his shoulder girdle and
everything. The style of his running is different. The stride length, the
turnover, the cadence, the speed he is able to get. Also his physique,
his diet. More attention to that. He's very, very lean. As you get
older, these other things you have to focus on. The tiny changes you
make to your training or your style that make a huge difference because
you're getting older and picking up problems. Now he's moving onto the
roads after these championships. He is not retiring. What will that do
to his training regime and how will he have to adapt? Sounds like a
Rolling Stone! I'm sure he won't live like that.
His training will change that much. His mileage, he hasn't got much
further to go, so that won't change a lot. The biggest changes will be
mentally. He has to get his head around the fact that he's now going
to a distance where he is not the king. He has to learn it. I would be
very surprised if he is as good at the marathon straight off as he has
been at five and ten. To have that range, to run with the very best at
the marathon, it will not come easy and he will have to work at it. You
have to want that if you're going to keep going, especially with that bag
of gold medals you have already windbag. But if anybody can do it
with his mental strength, its Mo Farah. He begins his assault on the
5000 metres with a heat on Wednesday. A few days off. Here's
what else is coming up this morning. Britain's Katarina Johnson-Thompson
begins her bid for a medal in the heptathlon. The 100-metre hurdles
are first. The woman she will be changing down is Belgium's Nafi
Thiam, the reigning Olympic champion. Wayde van Niekerk begins
his Championships and the first of six races in six days as he goes for
the 200 and 400-metre gold. Olympic finalist Matthew Hudson-Smith is the
fastest of three Brits in the 400-metre heats. Double Olympic
champion Elaine Thompson looks to continue her domination of the 100
metres in 2017. Hoping to upset Thompson will be Dafne Schippers,
who won 100-metre silver in Beijing two years ago. Double world champion
Katharina Liebherr when is looking for a third successive gold eligible
jump. Sophie Hitchon will be aiming to build on her Olympic bronze from
Rio last summer. Ryan Crouser and Kovacs are the ones
to watch in the triple jump. Katerina Johnson-Thompson will want
a strong start in the 100-metre hurdles. Sophie Hitchon will be
strutting her stuff in the women's hammer qualification. We'll get our
first chance to see global star Wayde van Niekerk in action in 400
metres. The women's triple jump qualification at 11. KJT is back in
action at 11:30am the women's 100 heats with reigning Olympic champion
Elaine Thompson taken to the track. The morning session will end with
the men's 800 metres. Sadly no world record-holder and winner from 2012
here because of injury bust up the 1500 women, four of them qualifying,
and it's a great evening for them. We can move to the heptathlon and
Toni Minichiello has joined us on the sofa. It's a heptathlon
heavyweight sofa, and a mean at with regard to knowledge and nothing
else! We have kept these two apart. It's an interesting dynamic, coach
and former... I'm Tony, how do you do! It begins. Snubbing him already.
All three of you have an opinion on this, but the morning of the
heptathlon, you wake up, I assume everything is ready the night before
come you have pinned on your number. When you wake up, what are the
feelings going on inside you. And for you, this is your first
championship where you are retired. It's an early start for all the
heptathlete is. You have waited for this moment for however long and the
adrenaline is pumping, on the warm up track trying to prepare the best
you can. It's the feeling of knowing you can't do any more at this stage.
You have to perform whether you are carrying an injury or if you are in
the best shape of your life. It's nerve-racking. And it's two days of
nerve-racking. When you're on the blocks for the hurdles, the first
event, and the gun goes, do the nerves take the back seat and it's a
different mindset? It is completely. You start taking stock of what you
need to do next. Moving through the hurdles, and it's about three
composing yourself for the high jump. For Jess, she was one of the
better jumpers. It's a long competition. You have to stay
relaxed, keep your mind going in and out of what you need to focus on and
then coming back to the skill. That's where the beauty of
heptathlon starts to take shape. The two days is about managing your
mental state and keeping composure, regardless of whether things are
going great or disastrously wrong. Arguably for Katerina
Johnson-Thompson, that has been one of the biggest challenges, the
mental side of the condition when things haven't gone right in certain
events. She hasn't been strong in that area and allowed things to
affect her. She hasn't been able to close it off and move away from it.
That's an incredible skill, and one that Jess had, a bad performance
would wash over her. There's nothing you can do so just move on and go to
the next challenge. KJT has struggled in that, carrying it from
event to event. Hopefully we will see it change. I think she's in a
more relaxed place. More relaxed in France so hopefully that more
relaxed state of mind will help her should things go bad. She has
changed her setup since Rio, moving to Montpelier. Denise has been an
adviser, a mentor, you have been involved in her adaptation. Athletes
need to make change and sometimes they don't have the best person to
talk to and they need a sounding board. Helping to make those
decisions I think is valuable. Like Tony says, she's in a happy place,
and that's important. You went out to that happy place to catch up with
her. Let's see what she had to say. It's pretty here. Gorgeous. The
cathedral is just to the left. Very different from Wavertree! Yeah,
it's different in many respects. That will always be home, though?
Yeah. I remember walking on the track with you here in November and
there was so much uncertainty. But watching Ukraine today, you seem at
home. -- watching you train today. I remember it well, and I have come to
this track six times a week now. It feels like home to me. Going a
little bit deeper. When I am here as well. Because I don't know much
French I feel like the mundane, negative comments you hear like, it
doesn't go in. All I hear is positive things and what I need to
do in training. It's just a really positive place for me to be in.
How would you assess where you are at the moment? I've never been in
this position before where I have been completely injury free before a
competition. I've had a lot of competition practice and now it's
just going through each event each week and trying to fine tune. I feel
like I'm in the best place I have been ahead of the major
championships. What would you measure success in London? I would
like to get a personal best and a medal. I would like to have no
regrets. To know I have given it my all in every event. Your principal
coach, Bertrand, he is said to me that success for him would be that
you can complete to the best of your ability, but just forget everything
and be free in all your events. I like the way he has but had. I like
to be free in competition and not have the weight of the world on my
shoulders. You have found a new apartment, you have started learning
the language, which is tough. Do you think you will transfer that
independence into the competitive arena? Yes, that's one of the things
Bertrand has been working on with me, not depending fully on him in
competitions. Sometimes I'm doing gym sessions alone. I'm still not
completely independent. My bathroom light in my apartment has blown. I
don't know how to fix it! You will be looking on the Internet. I
wouldn't do it if I was in Liverpool, never mind going to a
French place in trying to get the right light bulb. I'm just Tempo Mac
in the dark! -- I'm just peeing in the dark! All sorts of connotations.
Those are her personal bests from the year. And Gotzis was one of the
best heptathlon conditions we have seen in a long time. And she was
there. What do you take from her PB this year? Very little to be honest.
The only actual personal best was the hurdles, 13.2 nine. Everything
else is in a state of flux. She has changed the way she has storeowner
shot put, not doing the hop back any more, running across the circle.
Long jump has changed quite radically. She's just getting used
to javelin. You can't see anything from that. You can see a 9-point
improvement but it's not that different from what it was before.
At the moment finding it steady. Because you don't compete in all
events very often in the heptathlon it could come together and you don't
know when that will happen. We haven't seen anything else this
season, unfortunately, that shows that there are better performances
to come. The only time we saw anything was the sixth round jump at
the Anniversary Games. But you only get three jumps in the heptathlon.
There is the potential there but we haven't conceding it on a consistent
level every day to know if improvement is there. -- we haven't
seen it. Looking at the competition and what they have in their locker
at the moment, there were PB is set for all the top three this year. The
progress from Nafi Thiam, 11th in Beijing when Jess won and then
winning in Rio, an incredible leap forward, Denise? It is, but we know
she's very talented. She was waiting, she didn't know she would
score big in Rio, and she didn't know she would score big in Gotzis.
But the rivals for me are the ones that have significantly improved.
Schafer has put on another 200 points on her personal best. And
Laura has also been improving steadily for the last two years. KJT
hasn't stagnated, but she has had injuries that limited her progress.
Jess, you compete against all of them. You had a fantastic duel with
Nafi Thiam in Rio. Did she surprise you how much she had stepped up?
Both Tony and I knew she had great potential, but coming 11th and 12th
in Beijing to winning in the Olympics in Rio was a massively
forwards, but she has always had massive potential. No great
surprise, but watching Gotzis this year and seeing how the scores have
ramped up, three girls scoring over 68, it's been an incredible leap
forward for the event. It's exciting. I'm kind of glad I'm not
there! I tapped out at the right time. It's very exciting for the
event. Tony, what do you think Katarina Johnson-Thompson will need
to get into the medals today? We know her weaker events. She says she
needs to get better at the better events. I don't know what that
means, to be honest. I think you have seven events and have to treat
them all with the same respect. You don't discount one in favour of the
other. It's about diminishing returns, how much can you improve
your high jump? Looking through here, she is solid in the hurdles,
if she can reproduce 1.98, improving the shot put to over 13 metres,
which she has done in the past, that's another 40 points. There's
another close to 100 points of improvement. Additional improvement
in the long jump, if you can go an extra 20 centimetres it would be
another 60 points. Overall it will not give you a score to go beyond
the 68, but it will put the other girls under pressure. When they were
out ahead, they can relax. If you put them under pressure, so they
have to perform. With Jess and others retiring, there is no big
statuesque figure to intimidate, so now the girls come through. All that
KJT can do is perform solidly and put the girls under pressure so they
have to perform. That way I think she can speak in and get on the
podium. I think where athlete goes over 7000 points, that stature,
that's significant. The other three girls, KJT, Schafer and Laura, they
believe they are in the mix. Looking at her hurdling, and that's
digressing a little bit, but the running events for Nafi Thiam have
massively improved and she has run really hard. I think that's where
KJT needs to think, what can she do in the throwing? I don't want to
harp on about it, but it's much of a muchness until the throwing. The gap
is so big. She can focus on strong events, which are on a par with Nafi
Thiam, but her weaker events are so far away. She's a fantastic javelin
thrower, so she can creep closer and I think that's where she can make
the difference. They are getting ready for the
hurdles. Kat will be in the fourth heat, the quicker women. Thiam is in
the third. It's not her strongest event, the hurdles, Thiam. She
doesn't hit the top of the leaderboard after the first event.
She's improved. She worked incredibly hard on her speed this
winter. Her time on the hurdles is coming down, her 200 metres time is
getting closer to breaking 24 seconds. Although she makes not be
at the top part of this event, it will give her confidence if she can
run a personal best. A quick word on Morgan Lake. She's focusing on the
high jump. Would we expect her to come back to the heptathlon? There's
such great heritage of women multi-eventers. Million dollar
question. I think her heart would love to, there's unfinished
business. She's having fun in the high jump. She's got great
potential. But not just yet. All British hopes on Katarina
Johnson-Thompson this time round. Can she get herself a medal? She
will need a great start in the medals. Such an exciting
competition. Let's get underway with the first of the heats. Steve Cram
is ready to commentate. Good morning.
Morning! Great light last night, I had a nice warm down, and nice bath
and I'm raring to go. Recovery programme is working well and
looking forward to a cracking second day. Great weekend in store, today
and tomorrow. The marathon is tomorrow. Lots of interest right
through the weekend. Still a lot of people outside waiting to get in. It
views, with all the security arrangements that have to be in
place these days means it takes a bit longer to get in. They will be
some -- they will be rewarded with some great athletics this morning.
The heptathlon getting underway and we have the 400 metres heats and the
800 metres heats as well. We will be here until about 1pm. Better weather
today. Some showers overnight replaced with beautiful sunshine.
T-shirts and shorts the order of the day. These two young ladies, talking
about the future of the event, they were number one and two in the
European Junior Championships. Shukh is the world youth record holder.
We'll be hearing more of them over the next few years. Talking about
youngsters, this young lady was third in the world Junior
Championships last year, to Thiam. We will see her in heats
number three, the quickest this season in this race, Aguilar. Barman
from India, the Asian champion. New personal best this year. Yet to
reach 6000 points. This young lady has just managed that, at 6040 this
year, the Brazilian, De Sousa. Two very good youngsters. Alina Shukh
from Ukraine. Not one of her better events. Ruckstuhl, not so bad. She
finished second behind the Ukrainian at those European Junior
Championships. First event of the heptathlon. Four
heats to come. This is the first of the four. Looking for a good start,
all of these athletes. Beautiful conditions. We've seen how fast this
track is. Not a breath of wind this morning.
Ruckstuhl will be watching for the clock. 13.81. Great start for the
19-year-old. There is the first smile of the morning. What a way to
get your heptathlon underway. It's a good, solid run. She's taken a tenth
off her personal best, having already improved her personal best
this year. Really nice to see. She's really aggressive into the first
hurdle. This is saying to me that this young lady is really confident
in her technical abilities. Charges at every single barrier. Good
technique. When she gets stronger and improves her sprinting speed,
that personal-best will tumble yet again.
(STUDIO) Thiam goes in heat three and Katarina Johnson-Thompson goes
in heat four. Back on the track in a moment. Let's head outside. We've
caught up with Michael Johnson. Me and Michael enjoying the British
sunshine. We said we weren't prepared for this. But we have to
soak it up. You're more prepared than I am. I was wearing a black
bomber jacket a moment ago. What's nice to see is hundreds of fans
making their way into the stadium. It's great to see people coming out
in their droves. Absolutely, people have been waiting for this since
London 2012, the chance to host another great championships. It
started fantastic last night. I'd like to say they are here to see
some fantastic competition, which we will see, but of course they are
here to see Usain Bolt. If you are coming, bring high factor because
it's heating up. Let's talk sprinting. Usain, first of his
swansong is tonight. Last night, did we see some scapegoating? He talked
about blocks. We saw a frustrated Usain Bolt and he showed that during
the race. I'm sure he will want to come back out this evening in the
semifinals and correct his mistakes. It wasn't a very clean race.
Typically what we see with him in early rounds is he's working on
things, trying to get raise sharp for the final because he hasn't had
a lot of races to prepare. Last night was uncharacteristically
ragged. Not a great start. He talked about the blocks and said he wasn't
very comfortable with them. He said they were the worst blocks Id ever
seen at a championship. I'm not sure what that's about. I've heard these
blocks are a bit different, maybe not as substantial, maybe a bit
flimsy. I've not seen them myself. That would play on your confidence
and you can't get the propulsion you would want out of the blocks. That
would not affect him in this me finals. I expect he will get that
right. The British fans, a lot of support, but not so much for Justin
Gatlin. That's something that is really unfortunate. We as the media
created that. Two years ago in 2015 going into the World Championships
in Beijing, we created this Justin Gatlin against Usain Bolt, Villains
versus hero. I'm not quite sure that was the right thing to do. He's paid
his price come he's served his punishment, it's not his fort rules
allow people who have cheated to come back and go back into the
sport. Other people have tested positive and have been banned who
were in the stadium last night and will be for the rest of this week.
They aren't getting booed. I'm not sure that was the right thing to do,
I wasn't happy with that. It's not what we want, it was a bit of a
pantomime. But he will do what he does tonight. A quick word on the
British guys. Reece Prescod is a man of the future. You were impressed
with his composure last light. He did really well last night. There's
a difference when nobody expects anything of you. When you and I
start speaking about him, he will be aware of what was said about him
last night, people were impressed, into the semifinal and now there is
expectation and that's a completely different approach. That's where
good coaching comes in. His coach will have to say you have to block
that out, don't focus on Usain Bolt or anyone else, run your own race,
producer personal-best, which she will probably need to do to get to
the final. -- he will probably need to do. He should take it one round
at a time. Semifinals, run your best race again. Get into the final and
see what happens. We've had a good look at all of them. Semifinals this
evening. What have we learned from the first run out? Some beanie from
South Africa, true to what we thought, eight times under ten
seconds which is very impressive but he hasn't beaten anyone. He was
fourth in the preliminary heat last night which is not impressive. He
may not be a factor. Justin Gatlin looks smooth. Kristin Coleman most
impressive. Fastest time in the world this year, only 21, from
America. He took time off, which paid off because he looked fantastic
last night. Bolt, we will see significant improvement in the
semifinal. Things will stop to really come to light and we'll be
able to get a good preview in the semifinals of what's to come tonight
at the final. It will get spicy this evening. Let's go back inside for
the heptathlon. Thank you and we are ready for the
second heat in the 100 metres hurdles for the women's heptathlon.
Broersen goes again. There are four heats and you are allocated based on
your season's best times. Nadine Broersen is not a bad
hurdler. Good consistency throughout.
Yorgelis Rodriguez from Cuba. Seventh in Rio in the Olympics with
the new Cuban record. Not the finest hurdler, but pretty strong overall.
The Reina Preiner, the Austrian, silver in the European under 23
championships. Xenia Krizsan of hungry was the European champion a
couple of years ago. The Dutch have a good crop of heptathlete.
Alysbeth Felix from Puerto Rico. Record holder for Puerto Rico in the
high jump, but not so good at throwing. Shiv Shiv are cast, very
experienced, sixth in Beijing a couple of years ago in the World
Championships. -- Chile ski circus. Ivona Dadic took bronze at the
European Championships last year. Klucinova, the Czech record-holder.
All the pressure coming down on these athletes because it's an event
where things can go to start. You need to attack it and be positive.
Broersen, 13.39 is her personal best. Some weight off that this
season, 13.68 in the hurdles. Still spectators flooding in here. The
stadium is pretty full, but a few still outside. Good conditions. Not
too warm, but fairly still. The second of four heats in the women's
100 hurdles in the heptathlon. There was an obvious twitch from Felix.
Things are slightly different for falls starts in the multi-events.
You're given a little bit more grace. They won't get instantly
disqualified. They have seven events to concentrate on. She will get a
warning. They will all be wanting to get the
race underway. Her files start is against the whole field. We will
show the reaction times to confirm that, just rocking in the box, from
Felix. Sorry, everyone, sorry! Setting off
Dadic in lane eight as well, but it was obviously Felix. No morph --
more false starts can be afforded. They have done their warming up,
they know it will be along two days. You can understand why sometimes
they are a bit twitchy. And for most of these women, it's not their
favoured event. That's why they are in second heat.
It's the stillness and silence that is so unsettling for the athletes.
As Colin was saying, they are waiting a long time down here. It's
a long hold for them here again. They have just come out to give the
official warning. It's no disqualification, but it's for six
and eight, it was for Felix and I think Dadic was set off. Another.
And everyone would be out. Katarina Johnson-Thompson goes in the fourth
heat, Nafi Thiam in the third. Broersen, world indoor champion of
three years ago, might content for medals here. A top five finish
perhaps. She goes in lane five here. On the inside of Rodriguez takes it,
well inside a season best time and just inside the personal best.
Pretty decent run and I think all the athletes are happy to get
through without further incident. A long wait after the false start.
Whether any of these athletes can content over seven events, I'm not
sure. Broersen is pretty strong. A good run from Rodriguez on the
inside lane. Yeah, she was out really well, Andrew. Cuba has great
heritage in the hurdles, both in the men and women. They have some great
technical coaches. Rodriguez, well, went early in the event, took the
lead on and was rewarded with a season's best. Looking up at the
screen. Men's shot put qualification is underway. Making qualifying look
very easy, twice champion of the world, three-time European champion,
David Storl. No Brits involved. The world has moved on and now the
Americans are the danger, Ryan Crouser and Joe Kovacs. Here is Ryan
Crouser, the big man, the Olympic champion. He has got within half a
metre of the world record this year, 22 metres 65. Ryan Crouser rotating.
Big man, controlling his long levers very well indeed. He has booked his
place in tomorrow's final, joining David Storl. His team-mate Kovacs is
struggling a little in the first round. He hasn't automatically
qualified just yet. Krauser at 20.90, he can take his shoes off. A
result of the second heat in the women's heptathlon hurdles.
STUDIO: Next up in heat three, the Olympic champion Nafi Thiam. She has
improved her personal best tally to more than 7000 points in Gotzis this
year. We caught up with her earlier in the season.
Of course it's an important event and everybody will be watching me
and expecting me to do great things, especially after Gotzis. It's been
different years. I think I can still be good things in London. I hope so.
It would be too bad to not do a good performance there, but also there
was an incredible level. A lot of girls are going strong. I don't want
to put pressure on myself. I think it's most important that I still
enjoy what I do that's how I always thought about my tactics, not
thinking about the other ones. I don't want to change that. That's
how I feel most comfortable. We will see. And she's out, the sun is
shining on the stadium. And Nafi Thiam is ready to try and claim her
first world title and build on her Olympic title from last year. Jess
Cameron use of this is one of the events she has worked on, sprinting
and running, over the winter. She looks a lot better. She is so tall
that these events can be difficult and the barriers are quite low. It's
about being active over the hurdles and running off strong, which she
seems to do. I'm excited to see what she will run the. Physically,
looking at her, she's a similar physic to Katarina Johnson-Thompson.
It's interesting, showing you the physiology and how people's natural
talents across the seven pieces aren't what you would predict. I'm
amazed that KJT doesn't throw further, and equally
Johnson-Thompson's hurdles have been one of the strong points. It's just
to your make up. It's what you come to the event with com you have a
natural ability in something sent it varies across athletes. What she has
done, she is naturally strong. She has always been a good thrower, but
she knows the speed. In some ways it has been challenging for her, but
she has been able to do it. It's relaxation, she wants to stay
relaxed and stay focused and not put pressure on herself. When you
emerge, Tony, as she did at the Olympics last year, into the global
consciousness, and now you hold that title, everybody is coming for you.
As your mindset as the coach, do you have to work on that with your
athletes and go into the competition with a slightly different vision?
You would suspect that but the reality is to focus on yourself.
What's Nafi Thiam and her coach of them really well is focus on
herself, what are we strong and weak at and work on our gaps. Because of
that, and the age, you can just keep improving. Lets see if she can
improve and head to heat three with Steve Cram.
Some of the older athletes of the event, Sharon Day Monro. Salman-Rath
in lane two. Anouk Vetter was the Amsterdam champion last year.
Quaresma, one a couple of years ago, the Portuguese. I knew in ten, a
pretty good hurdler. -- anew in Watching for the clock. The European
under 23, recent under 23 champion from Switzerland, and we have just
seen her younger team-mates do very well in heat one. We have already
seen quite a few personal bests in the first two heats, so be Olympic
champion looking to become a double world champion. Colin and I have
noticed the impressive hair work here. Getting herself set. Good
conditions, not a breath of wind, warmer.
Anouk Vetter has the lead on this, going very well in indeed. There is
the first indicator, Anouk Vetter was delighted with her performance.
A big run for her. Very close to her personal best. Not a good start from
Nafi Thiam and never really got moving. You are expected to come
through. A little bit of a disappointment. We will wait for the
times but it must be around 13.5 for Nafi Thiam. I think she will be a
bit disappointed with that. At no stage of the race was she making any
ground. I would expect that would happen when somebody is running
13.31. A very good run by Anouk Vetter. Taking control early.
Focused well, working off each and every one of the barriers and was
again rewarded with a season's best. Some of these women are hurtling
very well indeed. In contrast, Nafi Thiam, a couple of questions.
Because she is tall, she takes her time a bit into the first hurdle.
Eight strides, when you have really long legs, it can be complicated.
It's not the but she focuses on all the time. I think she is working her
way through, keeping focus and running hard off all the barriers,
but not quite as sharp. I think she may be a little bit disappointed
because that was a full out run. Joe Kovacs in the shot put is the
reigning champion, but he has opened up his account fairly unimpressive
thee, 20.62 in the first round. He saw his team-mate Ryan Crouser
comfortably go beyond the automatic qualifying. We were expecting to
qualify with ease, he has gone over 22 metres this year, 22.57. Just
separated from that, he went left and the shot went right. The power
dissipates. He liked it, though, the hand in EF. 20.67, a slight
improvement from Kovacs. This the hand in the air.
Maybe a couple of tenths lost for Nafi Thiam. Andy Goode viewpoints as
well. Not the start she would have wanted.
STUDIO: How main points are we talking there? A couple of hundred
outside 30 points. It means she might not score 7000, but she might
get 6999. A little blip, but it will maybe affect confidence. A first
glimpse of this later. Katarina Johnson-Thompson sticking out her
tongue to the camera, a relaxed move will stop you couldn't think of a
better arena for her to compete in. The crowd will be on her side. She
has to relax into this and enjoy the atmosphere. You have to take it in.
We had the amazing images from Jess in London where you just take a beat
and allow the crowd to get with you. You have to use the crowds to get
with you. She has seen Nafi Thiam's run. She will draw confidence from
that. Although it will not be a massive difference in points at this
time, if she can get a great start it will give her a mental edge going
to the high jump. One of the things we talked about earlier was her
mental state throughout the two days and how she has in the past let
disappointment affect her next event. This is one of her stronger
events. She wants to start the whole thing with a great time and post a
high score on the board. Can you tell anything from her demeanour at
the moment, Denise, as somebody who has spent time with her, from how
she is looking? Not yet. She is in the zone right now, focused on
getting a great start. It's about keeping the mental state in check at
the moment and being aggressive. She knows she has to work hard. Expect
her to come through really well in the latter stages of the race but
it's about getting a good start. Physically she looks stronger. She
has been working on her posture. She has those natural rounded shoulders,
so she has been working hard on strengthening her back and call. She
says she only used to train three days a week, very long sessions, so
her training has changed massively. Tony looks suspicious.
She was a five day train with Mike Holmes. Three days a week, a little
pinch of salt. Does that mean three gym sessions or three technical
sessions? If you only do three technical sessions in heptathlon,
you might as well forget it! How many gym sessions a week would you
be doing? I had three better after I had Reggie we had to condense it. We
did long gym sessions, he made us stay in there for an hour and a
half. Sorry! It's important to keep strength levels because they do drop
away. Getting the balance right between when you should take time
off and do your lifting. I used to do my lifting right up to the
events. You didn't taper down your lifting? Maximum lifts. Working on
the power. She's looking focused and strong. She needs a good start. She
will be buoyed by that time from Thiam. Andrew is the commentator.
When you think of great athletics moments, they are normally in the
evening under the lights. But with the heptathlon, you are straight
into it. There are seven finals. Nano goes in lane two. Nadine Visser
ran 12.78. These are the four to -- fastest hurdler is. Williams is a
very, very good hurdler. A world junior champion three years ago over
the barriers. Falls down a little bit in the throes. Cachova, new
personal best in the Czech Republic in June. We will let the London
stadium welcome the next athlete. CHEERING AND APPLAUSE.
There's no hiding place in front of 60,000 people! Schafer will be a
medal contender if she gets it right across the events. Former world and
European junior champion. Erica Bougard, another very good hurdler.
Poor shot put and javelin to say the least. Another medal contender from
Latvia. Ikauniece-Admidina. Katarina Johnson-Thompson is outstanding in
the high jump, the long jump, 200 metres. Very good 800-metre runner.
The hurdles, doesn't quite get to the very top level yet. You think of
Jessica Ennis-Hill, outstanding hurdler. In this stadium, in this
event, exploding into things with 12.54, a British record at the time.
Can she get close to her personal best? It all begins here in the 100
hurdles. This takes it in 12.85. Nadine
Visser, well clear. A decent run from Williams. It's all about the
time for Katarina Johnson-Thompson. You think about exploding into that
event. Perhaps a little bit of safety in the blocks. She sat for a
while, it was cautious from Katarina Johnson-Thompson. Let's see her
time. Colin Jackson will talk you through this one. These women, this
event, very strong hurdlers. Any position above seventh place would
be fantastic for Kat. 13.33. She will be very happy with that in
contrast to Thiam. Look at the start. Very soft going into the
first hurdle, over striding. You need good cadence, good leg speed
going into the first barrier because it sets you up. But she starts
making inroads into the field. A little mistake off the final
barrier. 13.33 is what we are looking for. A lot of people will
think she's down the field, but it's to be expected, she is against some
better hurdlers. Just look for her time. Spot on, these are quality
hurdlers. A lot of them have gone under 13 seconds. One other thing to
talk about. ACCA nature at Medina, on the outside, she has run a
terrible time. 13.71. -- Ikauniece-Admidina. Not too bad at
all from Katarina Johnson-Thompson. Four hundredths of a second down on
her personal best. There was the mistakes she made. She hit the next
hurdle and she fell off that a little bit. That's where she could
have lost that personal best performance. For me, an excellent
start from Kat. Look at lane nine. Schafer alongside Johnson-Thompson
Branwell. Ikauniece-Admidina was going well and then it went wrong in
the second half. She was fading badly. Ikauniece-Admidina is a 13.07
runner. She has lost huge points. Seemed to be struggling with a leg
problem. That was pretty evident because she had zero power at the
back end of the race. If there's anywhere you need to be technically
efficient, it's the back end. From Kat. -- great from Kat. Let's have a
look at the standings. The names to look out for, Katarina
Johnson-Thompson, Carolin Schafer, a decent run and she may be a medal
contender. Nafi Thiam, a couple of tenths down on her personal best.
Ikauniece-Admidina battling through injury. I'm sure the Latvian would
have featured, but a poor start for her.
(STUDIO) you always want to come out and post a PB, like you did, Jess,
in 2012. If you don't do that, getting as close as Kat did and
putting yourself amongst it, will she be pleased with that? Or a
little bit disappointed? She takes seven strides to the first hurdle.
She compresses herself in the blocks and she can't unfold. The angle on
the front leg forces her to stand straight up. Put your blocks in the
right place and you run a personal best. When she gets to the hurdles,
chief or Leeds and is very floppy so she's very close. Very simple tidy
up. Lead with your knee and you can run and sprint between them and you
can break 13 seconds. She is 6-foot. Like Thiam, getting the cadence into
the first hurdle is difficult. When you're doing it in seven strides,
she has to push really hard. It's counterintuitive. She's crowding the
line in order to make seven steps. You fold your legs up. It's like
doing a very deep squat and trying to stand up. You have to have a 90
degrees angle in the front leg and 120 in the back otherwise you can't
power out. Let's have a look at the overhead camera and see if we can
get any more from that. Lane nine, she looks like she might be carrying
an injury. Yeah. She got out well but she hit the seventh hurdle.
Fifth hurdle. I don't know whether she's coming into the competition
with an injury, but she looks like she's grabbed her hamstring off the
hurdle. That doesn't bode well. No. A poor start for an athlete we
thought would be in the mix. The one who is the lady everybody wants to
beat, Nafi Thiam, didn't have the best start either. Let's have a look
at her. Tell us what you thought of her performance, Tony. A very tall
individual. She takes eight strides to the first hurdle. Look how her
knee is bent. She keeps it tight. I don't like the lead arm, goes across
her, throws it out a little bit which creates rotation you don't
want. She has to fit into the space. She bends the knee, she cuts the
distance. Not active enough off the trail leg. She's dropped 30 points
but then Kat instead of moving towards her and taking benefit, she
stepped away a little bit, but not by much. The bigger problem will be
for the Latvian girl. She's 80 points down. It means she's more
likely to score 6700 and Kat can probably achieve that. As you step
towards them, there's a chance to be on the podium. It's the high jump
next and that's where she is world class and she can post a big score.
The high jump is always interesting. They're jumping ability is
incredible. Watching them battle it out is brilliant. They will need to
jump in the high 90s. She will feel pressure because she has to deliver.
She wants to start with a PB but she hasn't done that. She will come out
and jump high and she will want to get close to two metres. That's at
11:30am. We will be all over it. Back on the track now. The 400
metres hurdles... Sorry, the 400 metres flat. They would be very
shocked if there were hurdles out there! Olympic finalist, a really
exciting athlete. Still only 22 years old. He's gained so much
experience over the last few years. In Glasgow as the Commonwealth Games
we got a glimpse of him first and 40 was exciting. Lovely runner,
relaxed, gaining confidence. He's had stress fractures, but nice to
see him back strong and confident. He seems to enjoy the big occasions.
Can he deliver in front of the home crowd and get safely through Steve
Cram is the commentator. What a great morning we've got
because these 400 metres heats will be very exciting. Matthew
Hudson-Smith getting is underway. Dwayne Campbell in heat three and
Martyn Rooney in heat five. Wayde Van Niekerk, the favourite, world
record holder, is in the second heat. There are also other big names
to watch out for. Fred Kerley of the USA, really exciting to watch him
run here in his first major championships. Big talent.
Some familiar names to those of you who are regular athletics fans.
Particularly in the outside lanes. The qualification is not easy. First
three and six fastest through to the semifinals which are tomorrow.
Matthew Hudson-Smith has shown in his burgeoning career that he is
good at raising his game at the major championships. His last
performance here was an odd one, the London Diamond League. A couple of
weeks ago. He fell over at the start. That was the night for him to
put in a good confidence building performance before these
championships. He missed that opportunity. Maslak on the outside.
He will be a good one for them all to chase. He was in the world record
race recently. There's Fred Kerley. He's a massive talent. He's just 22
years of age. Haven't seen him on the international circuit really and
this is a baptism of fire for him. Kevin Borlee, 29 years old,
extremely experienced. Hudson-Smith in five. A huge cheer for the
Brummie lad. All of the danger for him is outside. Might need to watch
the Kenyan in lane two as well. He's run close to 45 seconds this year,
there he years. On times, he should finish in the
top three here. I will be interested to see Gordon as well. Coming back
to the sort of form that saw him win medals a few years back. He ran a
31.923 200 metres recently, and as the fastest he's ever done. It might
indicate he's ready to drop under 45 seconds again.
Only three of them will go through...
Hudson-Smith has got to get on terms with those men outside him. Fred
Kerley starting quickly. Hudson-Smith already going past
Kevin Borlee who has started quickly through the first 150. Maslak going
well. The three of them moving away, Fred Kerley but in a gap between
himself and Borlee and Hudson-Smith. Already looking around, a bit of
bravado. He says, watch me go, it's easy for me. It looks easy.
Hudson-Smith going well, but Borlee and Maslak, this is tough. Fred
Kerley will win it, Hudson-Smith fading quickly, fifth. That is a
tough, tough heat, but I didn't like the way Hudson-Smith eased back. I'm
not saying he eased back, but didn't fight enough in the 1015 metres.
There are six fastest loser spots. If you are not in the top three you
have to keep going for the time. Fifth place, but the last 15 metres
might well have cost him. It's very close. Hudson-Smith, 45.31. Fred
Kerley, that was impressive and Michael Johnson sitting upstairs
must have been purring. He's a real talent. I didn't like this, really.
Just run the race, get on with it. You can relax without having to look
around. Not sure what that was about, throwing out his hands. This
is a serious business, this is the preliminaries and he's a young
athlete and he will learn. I also agree on Matthew Hudson-Smith. You
have to fight, and he's giving up way too early. Especially in the
early rounds where you have to acquit yourself really well. Fred
Kerley not making too much ground, not taking a gap out of him, running
well in the first 200 metres, impressive and relaxed. In the early
rounds you want to run quickly through the first 200, get your
rhythm down and then come off the turn exactly where you want to be in
the race, among the leaders, which is where he was initially and then
started to fade. This is where he relaxed a bit too much. In a great
position and then his arms drop down, a little too much relaxation.
Borlee coming up on the outside, you have to respond to that and he
didn't do that. It was a missed opportunity. He's going to have an
anxious wait because there are now five more heats to come, and he's
not even a fastest loser, the second fastest, because was ahead of him.
At the Olympics, 45.31 wouldn't have got you through is the fastest
loser. We have some high quality races to come and he will have an
anxious wait. Back to the hammer, Steve. The hammer with Sophie
Hitchon, a big cheer as she entered the stadium. Qualifying time for the
athletes to go 71.5 or top 12. Sophie Hitchon has proved time and
time again that she is a major championship challenger. Olympic
bronze last year, fourth in the World Championships two years ago
and lifetime bests on both those occasions. Looking for something in
excess of 71.5. It's looking good, down the middle. She controlled
herself. A big cheer from the crowd because Sophie Hitchon makes another
major championships final. That looked easy and it bodes really well
for her prospects of standing on another global rostrum. Loved the
moment last season when she threw a British record in the last round at
Rio. And that is the perfect start to her World Championships. A big
smile from Sophie, into the final. 73.05, the best of the athletes so
far. Matthew Hudson-Smith in that race the way he wanted, not just in
terms of position. He knows it, the last 50 metres not helping his cause
of advancing. 45.31, confirmed in fifth. Gordon is ready to improve, a
season's best for him. Maslak with a season's best. Hudson-Smith, 45.31,
and five races still to come. Not what you wanted, I'm sure.
Describe the race from your perspective. Got out really well but
couldn't find the extra gear. It's strange when these things happen but
we have to move on and hopefully I get through. It's an anxious waiting
game. Are you thinking back to anything you would have done
differently? I would have probably settled better, personally. These
things happen and you have to move on from it. You have shown is in
your young career how you can move on from round to rant. This is a new
experience, not getting through automatically. Definitely, but I
just have to learn from it and carry on. It's a waiting game, as you
said. All the best. Sophie Hitchon with her tracksuit back on. She's in
the final on Monday. Not a perfect throw, good enough to get through,
but there are technical improvements to be made and something around 74
metres might get on the rostrum. A good start from Sophie Hitchon.
Automatic qualifying. She can leave the arena. The other athletes can
continue. Three throws maximum. But the perfect start for Sophie.
The Olympic champion and world record-holder is ready to begin his
400-metre campaign. One of two events he's going for here, Wayde
van Niekerk, going for the 400 metre and 200-metre double. The Michael
Johnson speciality. And he Johnson's record in the Olympics, stretching
clear of LaShawn Merritt and James in the final 50 metres. People
believe he can go below 43 seconds. That's a bit of a stretch, but he's
an outstanding, incredible athlete. This should be a little bit of a job
for him. Again, a high-quality field. Steven Solomon, Nery Brenes
from Costa Rica, world indoor champion from 2012. Shearman St
Vincent the Grenadines. Van Niekerk say he can take on Usain Bolt's
mantel. He's a different character, a much more quiet figure, no
showman, but on the track is comparable. Outstanding 100, 200 and
400 runner. Cedenio, running 44.01, nobody has run that fast before and
not got a medal. Still only 21. De Vita ray of Italy in lane two. And
Janezic of Slovenia in lane one. -- Davide
Re. One of the great athletes, Wayde van Niekerk. Looking at times, the
first heat was quick, Matthew Hudson-Smith down in fifth with
45.31. Wayde van Niekerk should be able to win this at his leisure.
There is a long hold. Asked to stand up. Just a little bit unsettling.
Wayde van Niekerk, he has won a couple of Diamond League meetings
this year. 43.62 in Lausanne to win that one. And also in Monaco where
he was pushed quite hard. Could the athlete in lane for please respond
immediately to my set command. Atine-Venel of France, quite slow to
follow the set command. The Marshall speaking to them.
A second first-round heat in the men's 400 metres, three going
through automatically and on the six fastest losers. Wayde van Niekerk
taking it easy through the first hundred, just measuring himself at
the moment. He wants to push up a little bit. The man outside him,
less KCom it's quite easy at the moment. Van Niekerk leading. Three
to go through automatically and Van Niekerk jogging, looking easy and
comfortable just now. Solomon also looking strong, the youngster
outside, beginning to fade. Van Niekerk takes it again, coasting
across. 45.28, not as fast as the first heat. Van Niekerk taking the
victory. Matthew Hudson-Smith, 45.31 in fifth in the first heat, easy
enough for Van Niekerk. Michael Johnson, was never going to be a
repeat of the final in Rio, but that was about energy conservation and
stretching the legs for Van Niekerk. That's not the way you want to do
it, it takes a lot more energy to relax in the first half of the race
and then have to find yourself with 100 metres to go, making up ground
and having to kick up into another gear. The better way to do it is to
get out, take the lead and then ease back and relax. He has to kick in
and that takes a lot of energy. He is trying to conserve energy because
he is doing the 400 and 200-metre double. But he is in great shape and
the class of the field. No problems for him in this qualification to get
through to the next round. Starting off a bit too timid. Even though
this is an early round only want to relax, you still want to get out and
run the first 200 metres as if it's the final. Getting in to that
beautiful long stride, he knows he's the class of the field, very
relaxed. This will be a very interesting 400 metres with Van
Niekerk as the world-record holder, defending world champion and Olympic
champion, trying to do the double. But Fred Kerley in the earlier
round, he will have something to say about that. Extremely relaxed,
having to kick in a little bit, but not too much of a problem. Just a
fantastic athletes, looking to do something special here in these
championships over 200 and 400 metres double. Wayde van Niekerk is
true. But a reminder it was a much slower heat than the first one,
where we saw Matthew Hudson-Smith. Comfortable for Van Niekerk. Nery
Brenes went through as well. Good run from the Italian, Re. Much less
fancied than the likes of Cedenio, who will have to wait and see if
he's one of the fastest losers. Sophie Hitchon is still the
qualifier from the women's hammer. This is the Belarus athlete, a world
best this year, and she is capable of joining Sophie. It looked high
and long. Sophie Hitchon at 73.05, still the leading mark. A similar
distance from Malyshik. Second best so far and also qualifying. Another
young athletes, the 22-year-old Polish, Malwina Kopron. Can she join
Sophie and Malyshik. We have lost that one. The throw is making the
most of what very good athletic conditions in the Olympic Stadium.
That's probably the best we have seen so far. Close to a lifetime
best. 75.11, her lifetime best. 73.50 to book a place in the final.
The marks are scratched, 74.97. Three athletes qualifying, Sophie is
one of them. The congratulations on a tremendous
performance. When you come into qualification it must be tricky, you
need to negotiate it and you've done it with aplomb. It is really
difficult to come into the qualification rounds. Once you're
through, as is a little bit more like a normal competition. It's nice
to make it in one throw but you just need to make it. Tim Neila it with
an impressive throw shows the form you're in. -- to nail it. We'll see
on Monday night! As for being in this stadium, does that give you a
lift or are you trying to block it out? I'm not going to lie, it does
make you really nervous. You have pressure on yourself and everyone
else is here to support you so you want to perform well. But the crowd
is amazing. You showed last year in Rio that you fight to the end and
you can pull it out of the bag when you most need to so you can tap into
those memories. Definitely. Once the final comes, you try to execute your
technique. Don't do anything fancy, just come in and execute. Great
start, we wish you well for the final. Thanks.
Good luck to Sophie Hitchon. And good luck to this man. Dwayne Cowan.
What a story for him, 32 years old. This is one of the contenders for a
medal, Baboloki Thebe. Young man from Botswana. They have a great
relay team as well. Their slowest guy is 45.30 individual. Wayne,
incredible story. His father is Lloyd Coward, one of the top
coaches, coach of Christine Ohuruogu and others. Dwayne has been getting
better and better at a stage of his career where that wouldn't happen to
most, at 32. He's had a great season, including a surprise win in
the European Team Championships. He set a new personal best on this
track at the London Diamond League. He has a tough heat. If he runs like
that, he has a good chance. Demish Gaye there has had a few problems,
four weeks without racing. Feed -- CD from Botswana.
Demish Gaye has only lost one 400-metre race this year.
Coward and has started pretty quickly. The crowd really getting
into this and he's going well. He's chasing down Thebe. Demish Gaye is
quick. Demish Gaye has gone very hard through the first 250. Dwayne
Cowan has a real job on his hand but he's a strong finisher. Thebe...
Here comes Coward and... Dwayne Cowan. He is going to qualify.
44.83. This young man, he started the season with 4409 in his first
race in March. He's been incredibly consistent since. He's a big talent.
The Jamaicans have some good young 400-metre runners as well. At the
other end of the scale, 32. His first major championships and he's
through to the semifinal. 45.39 to do that. A smart race, Michael. It
was a smart race. He got out quickly and settled in a bit. Not the
cleanest of techniques but looks like he's lingering, but that's just
the way he runs. Nice, long stride and he looks nice and relaxed which
I really like. Now you have to take a break at some point in the 400
metres, you can't drop it all out. He does that from 200 to 250. He
finds himself in about fourth place, third place, coming off the bend.
Decent position. He acquitted himself very well and has done just
well enough to get third position for automatic qualification. That's
the way you want to run the first round. Everybody wants to relax, you
want to conserve as much energy as possible over these three rounds if
you're fortunate to get into the final. It's better to run too fast
in the first round than not fast enough. That's what Matthew
Hudson-Smith is dealing with now. Waiting to see if he will get into
the final. Cowan, great first run to get into the semifinal. Semifinals
tomorrow. As far as Matthew Hudson-Smith is concerned, he's
still in a good position as far as fastest losers. The second and third
heats were not particularly quick. Thebe and Gaye looked very strong.
Both under 45 seconds. Dwayne is through to the semifinals. He is
with Phil. Well done. Such a big occasion and
to accomplish that performance in the first round must be greatly
satisfying. Yeah. Got through to the semifinals. I took three weeks off
so one a bit rusty. Hopefully next round I'll go out a bit harder and
get a faster time. Tell me about your year to get to this point.
Somebody at your edge -- age to be getting better is a rare thing. I
started at 28 years old. I'm still young. In terms of... Yeah. To
everyone out there, never give up. I'm 32 years old. I'm training with
people of 19 and 20 and you just have to grind it. Impressive. What
can you achieve? You were close to your personal best. That's a box
you'd like to take. Hopefully I'll get a PB in the semifinals and
that's it. My whole aim was to get through the first round. I've done
that, just about. Onto the semifinals. Well done. Thanks.
Women's triple jump qualification under way and a flamboyant
character, you Lamah Ross Hussey from Venezuela. Silver-medallist in
Rio last year. Has gone over 15 metres this year. -- just shy of it
this year. It is qualification. 14.20 better to get into Monday's
final. Ten one expected to do that comfortably. -- Rojas expected to do
that comfortably. Shy of auto qualifying. After giving her the big
build-up! Rojas with a tentative start. Checked herself on the board.
Looks bang on 14 metres. Way off the optimum of getting onto the take-off
board. Tony, what did you make of that? I think she'd decelerated.
Didn't drive and made it short. A bit of mourning rust I suspect.
Rybarikova, bronze medal last year. Champion here five years ago. She
will feel at home. 32-year-old from Kazakhstan. Looking to get over
14.20. It's a statement to other athletes if you can get auto
qualifying, you can walk away. Easily beyond. That was better. She
ran so much better on the runway. I'm having it. She really committed
herself. Good speed. And then worked the three phases. Straightforward
qualifying, no messing about. Kept her speedwell through the phases.
Good, textbook triple jumping. The best jump of the qualification
process so far. Auto qualifying with 14.57. This is the vehicle that will
return the various implements in the throwing competitions. Save the legs
of the throwers. Here is another field event that happened earlier.
Men's shot put qualification. Tomas Walsh, 22.14, a seasoned's best. The
Americans a little off-colour. Joe Kovacs didn't look anywhere near his
best. Youth is the order of the day.
Steven Gardiner, 21. Steven Gayle. Just sneaked below 45 seconds this
season. Good run by Demish Gaye, his team-mate, in the previous heat.
Wilbur Le the third. -- Wilbert London the third. Third place at the
US Championships. That was behind Fred Kerley and Gil Roberts. We fly
past the Irish Champion! We have Santas, silver-medallist at
the Olympics five years ago at 18. Jonathan Borlee in lane nine. The
fourth of six first-round heats in the men's 400 metres. London, world
junior silver-medallist last year. 19. 44.47. He's got Steven Gayle and
Steven Gardiner outside him. Gardiner is an outstanding talent
from the Bahamas. Away they go. Three to go through
automatically. The first heat in which Matthew Hudson-Smith went is
still comfortably the fastest. A strong start from Steven Gardiner,
the tall figure in lane seven. He eases past Sam Cross outside him. --
Santon. Steven Gayle trying to keep pace. Steven Gardiner striding
clear, a long way clear of the rest. Looking to shut it down a little
bit. London finishing strongly. Gardiner eases across the line.
Brian Deegan takes the third automatic qualifying place. Very
good run from the Irish Champion. Steven Gardiner, the contrast with
Wayde Van Niekerk. He went out hard and eased down, which is perhaps the
more sensible way to do things. Impressive. London finished strongly
as well and Brian Deegan through. -- Gregan. We've known him for a while,
Gardiner. A young and talented athlete and he ran a sensible race.
You want to go out hard in the opening 200 and put pressure on,
ensure you are in position with 100 to go. Impressive run also by
London, the 19-year-old American coached by my coach, Clive Hart.
Putting himself in second position. Very, very nice by Gardiner.
Relaxing. That will allow him to go into the semifinal with a great
position, a lot of confidence. Very slight and slim, but a long stride.
Gets into his running. You want to get up to full speed as fast as
possible. Nice and relaxed down the back stretch. Beautiful stride, very
efficient. We saw him a couple of years ago and thought this could be
a 400 metres star of the future and he's putting himself in position
this year to be a potential medallist. Exactly what you want,
coming off with 100 to go, able to continue to keep everything in line.
We seen athletes over the past get a little ragged at the end, but he is
able to hold position, hold his technique. It's the most efficient
way to cover the last, difficult 20 to 30 to 40 metres. He did it very,
very well. The quickest qualifier so far. The
first 100 metres was extraordinary. Santos finished strongly but in 5th
place. Gardiner, London and Gregan taking the third automatic
qualifying place, great bun by Brian Gregan. -- great run.
Here is an athlete who has dominated this event over the last decade or
so, Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia. In 17 she's been off to get to
Monday's final. Just shy of that auto qualifying.
15-metre plus jumper when she gets it right. 14. 86 her best so far
this season. Making sure on the board. That's wise, but just looking
at that line, it's got to go out beyond 14. 20. Collapsed a little in
that second phase. Had to salvage it somewhat, lost distance through
that. Kimberley Williams.
28 years of age, 6th and 7th of the last two Olympic games so is a
contender. Fast on the approach. Just shy of 14 metres there.
A decent jump for the Jamaican. Reaching out a little on the runway,
reaching for the board and her hips are slightly behind her foot and
doesn't carry it over. Collapses on that second phase. Gets a lift.
That's where she loses speed. You would hope she sorts that out and
should get qualifying. A little bit to spare on the board. Athletes
making sure, a slight headwind maybe on that back straight running in the
opposite direction to the sprinters. In 4th place, just shy of auto
qualifying. Things are looking good for Matthew
Hudson-Smith at the moment. He was 5th in that first heat but so far
his time is looking solid to go through to the semifinal. What about
Martin Rooney, he is in lane eight. Merritt outside him. One or two
youngsters in lane two. Renny Quow, and Winston George in
lane one, half a second quicker than Rooney. So let's just say it isn't
going to be easy! Rooney has had problems and was due
to run earlier but picked up an injury in training before that race
and then has had a curtailed season. Only 5th in the British
championships. Merritt had the luxury of not having to go through
the American cut-throat system because he is the Diamond League
champion from 2016 and therefore got a bye into these championships.
Countries can have four athletes, if we haven't mentioned that already,
as well as three qualifying, any Diamond League champions or
defending world champions but you can't have five, if you had for
instance a defending world champion and a Diamond League champion,
separate athletes, you would have to choose between them as I think Kenya
had to do. So, tough for Rooney here. And this
may well be as much as anything getting him a run out, obviously we
are hoping a relay team can do well. It's going to be tough. I have
already mentioned Botswana, the USA will be very strong as ever. Here is
the full line-up. He ran the 200 in the heats in the
American championships, Merritt and was very quick this year, as well at
200 metres, or his personal best. Rooney trying to get the crowd in,
he knows the task is a huge one for him. But can he find some of his old
form with those weeks he missed, he may be able to catch up. Quow, back
to Berlin in 2009, a surprise bronze medal for him then. And Makwala, he
is running superbly quick at 200. A real character.
Husillos will be a contender. And Raymond Kibet, winner of the Kenyan
trials. And we saw Walton. We have gone past him, but 44. 99, most of
his other times have been more like 46. I think one 45 and then won the
junior championships in Peru. So, has he got a performance like that
in his legs? He is in lane two. Rooney is in lane eight.
Expect this to be Makwala and Merritt and a real tussle after
that. Top three through to the semis.
At the moment 45. 7 will get you a fastest loser spot.
So the crowd will do their best. Lane two Walton has gone off flying
through the first 100 metres, the young 18-year-old. Maybe getting
overexcited. Rooney has a reasonably quickly, sometimes he doesn't. The
two men on the inside in lanes one and two have to figure in this.
George and Walton. But Makwala and Merritt as expected: Young Walton in
third place. Merritt struggling a bit. Walton is going to hang on to
second. Merit will get second. Rooney may have dipped in for 5th
there. But Makwala doesn't hang around. Great race in Monaco
recently. Merritt, doesn't know if he thought he might have pushed him
more but a smooth run in the end. Rooney, a tough, tough heat for him.
Just waiting for the time to come up. Walton is a huge talent.
Husillos did get 4thle. I will bring you in, Michael. Makwala, one of the
classes of this 400 metres this year, that time is impressive and
allows him to be able to do this, run that first 200 metres very
quickly and doesn't take as much out of him as it does the competitors.
Then just able to relax here. In control of this race around the
bend. And finish with a very impressive early stage 44. 56. To
your point, Steve, Walton over there on the inside, the youngster from
Kay man Islands, very -- Cayman Islands, impressed with his race
here, recognising athletes on his outside were not running very fast
so it looked like he may have gone out too quickly but he actually put
himself in a great position to finish this race as an automatic
qualifier behind Merritt. Rooney here, this was always going to be
tough for him. Didn't get out quickly, needs to get out faster
than that. Keeping his eye on Merritt. This was a great position
for Rooney to be inside of Merritt, that's one of the race leaders, you
knew he was one of the race leaders as world champion and former Olympic
champion. With Makwala Rooney allows Merritt to get too far ahead there,
loses contact with him. Now trying to come back, which is going to be
tough. This is always going to be difficult. You can't allow Merritt
to get that far ahead and lose contact with him. If I had seen this
lane drawn and I am Martyn Rooney I would have felt this is exactly
where I need to be, just inside of someone like Merritt and you draft
off him for the first 200 metres and use your strength coming home which
he didn't do, which is a missed opportunity. I can tell you despite
that good lane draw and trying to follow Merritt, sadly, his time will
mean he won't qualify. We still have one more heat.
Rooney will not go through to the semifinal. He is with Phil.
Martyn, what's the sense of emotion right now, 500ths between you and a
place in the next round? I didn't realise it was so close. Well, first
of all, disappointed at how I ran. Not great. But I will take
opportunities to back my team, it's not been an easy summer or winter,
but my wife, my son, all the guys I work with, medical team, and all the
people at home who buy lottery tickets, you are part of my team and
guys who fund me and support my family, give me the opportunity to
represent my country and try to do the best of my ability, thanks to
everybody in my team. Even if you don't know me, you bought a ticket,
you are a team player. And thank you very much. Talking of team, work
isn't done for you because the relay is coming up, you have high hopes
for the team. Yeah as a relay runner, we have a great squad. I
think Dwayne did well earlier, Matt, he went out a bit hard, hopefully he
gets through. But the guys we have back in the training camp, Jack in
the hurdles, we have a great squad. And we are here to come away with a
medal, make up for Rio and see what happens. Thank you for talking to
us, Martyn. Appreciate it. Thank you, Phil.
STUDIO: A disappointed Martyn Rooney, would you say, Michael? An
interesting post-race reaction. I don't know if it's disappointed
enough. You have to reflect on your performance. As opposed to, you
know, the team that supported you and all of that. That's fantastic.
That's great. There is a time for that. But right now, you know,
talking about all those people who supported and all those people who
bought a ticket, you owe them an explanation as to why you didn't
execute the way you should have and at 30 years old and with his
experience he should know how to execute at this point and take
advantage of the opportunity that he had today. We have heard that far
too many times from Martyn Rooney and so, those people who bought a
ticket will say, yeah, we heard that before. We are tired of hearing
that. Why didn't you do something different today? Bringing it around
to the 4x4, trying to throw a positive light and say there will be
more to come from him. We shall see. There is more to come from the
hepathletes. They started with the hurdles and Katarina
Johnson-Thompson impressed with a 13. 33, her second fastest time ever
which gives her 1075 points. The pre-event favourite, the champion
from Belgium was way down on her best and got 1044, in 11th. It adds
up to a really exciting high jump head-to-head. These two were having
a great ding-song in Rio last year. She is capable of huge scores here.
It's a great event. She will be internally confident but is very
much relaxed right now. It's important because she is and is
likely to be one of the two athletes left in this competition. It's a
long old morning for these guys. Explain the high jump competition
rules in terms of when you opt in and out because it's slightly
different to a normal high jump competition. The increments go up in
three centimetres as opposed to five for the normal competition.
Basically, I haven't seen what the bars go through today, but I expect
Kat to start to maybe think about coming in at 180. Plus if she's
feeling confident and from that point it will show you how confident
she is with what she does. It's a great competition. This is where the
action starts. If she's not careful she will get trod on there by a
cameraman! Looking incredibly relaxed there. The other side of the
stadium they're getting ready for heat six of this men's 400 metres.
The sky at the moment getting cloudier. But it's still dry.
COMMENTATOR: Again three to go through automatically. There is Gil
Roberts. Finished second in the US
Championships. Sibanda from Botswana, fifth in Europe. 18 years
old at the Olympics. They get underway in this last heat,
three go through automatically. Hudson-Smith is looking good for a
fastest loser place. Nathon Allen is moving up quickly. Gil Roberts
making his move. Gil Roberts is a powerful figure with great
experience as well. Roberts and Allen. Three go through
automatically. These three separate themselves and Roberts starting to
look a little bit strained. 44.92. Hamroun of Qatar took the third
automatic qualifying place. -- Abdul Osman room. Gil Roberts ran a pretty
hard race. There wasn't a huge amount left for Gil Roberts but he
did enough to come through. It was a good performance. The one I
was watching as well... We'll get Michael back in a second. Sibanda
stopped running. Watching in the light blue. He should have been in
the battle for the top three but he starts jogging. Botswana are big
favourites in the 4x4 so that will be worrying for them. We're going to
look at Gil Roberts as well. This was another tough heat. The first
heat was tough for Hudson-Smith. When one of them just doesn't run,
jogging the last 20 to 30 minutes, almost bizarre. It's been
interesting. Gil Roberts went out pretty hard and started to look a
bit pained over the last 100 metres. Talking about Sibanda, will have a
look at him in a moment. He was so exciting when he came on the scene.
Botswana have a very talented crop of athletes, with Nigel Amos as
well, the 800 metres runner. Sibanda has had a few struggles this season,
he hasn't gone below 45 seconds. He did rather pull up. Very
disappointing. Nathon Allen, 21, from Joe Baker -- from Jamaica. He
goes below 45 seconds and he'll be challenging for a place in the final
and possibly medals beyond that although that might be a stretch. A
good victory here in the first round. The last of the six heats.
Matthew Hudson-Smith will go through with his 45.31. These are the
qualifiers. Botswana with two of the three
fastest qualifiers, but a disappointing run from Sibanda.
Wayde Van Niekerk will still be the man to beat.
(STUDIO) time to reflect on those 400-metre heats and there's no
better man than the maestro himself, Michael Johnson. He's itching to go.
Taking you back to the first heat. Matthew Hudson-Smith made it
through. Olympic finalist. He didn't run like someone with a lot of
experience. You weren't impressed by his game management. I wasn't
impressed. It's tough for young athletes at the beginning of the
championships. He's got a great attitude. Now it's time to get
serious, get started. He got a decent start. Kevin Borlee to the
outside. Making up ground on BorlAce over 100 metres. He did a very good
job of getting up to race pace. He's got his eyes on these guys. Then he
starts to lose to little bit just as he gets right here with 100 metres
to go. You want to keep your eye on the leaders. You've got to look
around and see. You've got the big screens you can look at. You can
feel those guys behind you. You've got to react which is what he
doesn't do. BorlAce coming up on his shoulder.
This is when Matthew Hudson-Smith has to react. You want to err on the
side of running too fast in the early rounds rather than too slow.
Everybody wants to conserve energy, it's tough, but are on the side of
running too fast. Which is what you said about Wayde Van Niekerk. It
made me look at everyone else differently. There's no point going
out slow and thinking at the end you can take people off. What van
Niekerk did wouldn't stand him in as good stead for the next round.
Right. You don't want to do that and think you can catch everyone unless
you're the world record-holder! It wasn't good race management from
him. This will be important for him because he's doubling in the 400 and
200. It's a lot of races. When he won his first championship in 2015,
they had to take him off the track on a stretcher because he doesn't
have great stamina. But he has great speed endurance. He didn't pay
attention to the guy on the outside and now he has to react. That takes
more energy. He kicks in. It takes a lot of energy, like when you're
playing a video game, you've got the power metre. I'm looking at you
blank! We don't spend our time in books like you do. His power metre
went to zero. But he's a fantastic athlete and he can get away with
that. After you said that, I was looking at the athletes we think
will make it to the final, but Steven Gardiner looked so relaxed.
It looked like he ran a really, really good race. He's a very
good-looking runner. He is tall and nice and clean in terms of his
technique. We saw him a few years ago, we heard about this guy from
the Bahamas, very young, and he ran a very nice race. I expect him to be
a medallist. He looked incredibly relaxed. Isaac Makwala didn't make
it to the final in Rio. He's the African champion. African 400 metre
running is something to behold at the moment. What did you make of
him? Fantastic athlete, we've seen him run fast Times at 400 and 200
early in the season. He had an incredible event in Madrid this
year. He's using that 200 metre speed to get through the first 200
metres very quickly. This is how you run an early round in the 400
metres. Leave nothing to chance even if you're one of the best in the
world. He still pushes around the bend and now he can relax. He's got
control of Lashawn Merritt, the former world and Olympic champion to
his outside. He's conserving a lot of energy in contrast of van Niekerk
because he can basically glide the last 40 to 50 metres. Perfect
running. He's made mistakes in the past and it looks like he's aiming
to not repeat that. Fred Kerley we looked at earlier with his
interesting antics for a first round, to be giving it the come and
get me, especially with a man who's not had much international
experience. He was very impressive and ran a very good race and he's a
fantastic athlete. He's shown himself this year to be a world
beater and potentially a medallist. I didn't like the antics and I'm
sure his coach will speak to him about that and hopefully we'll see
him get it together and take this more seriously. I kind of like it! I
know you do. Was the book comment anything to do with me looking like
a librarian today? I like it. I was thinking about ripping it off myself
but I don't think I could pull it off. Somebody compared me to Doris
Day! We have an exciting evening coming up with the men's 100 and 's
semifinals and final. There have been more comments on the blocks and
they are a bit wobbly and it's affecting peoples starts. That would
obviously affect your confidence. You want to push off as hard as you
can. If you find it's a bit wobbly and not as stable as you used to, it
will affect you. I don't expect it to expect in this evening. I think
he will be disappointed in his performance last night, which wasn't
just down to the blocks, it was down to how he reacted to the blocks in
the race. That's something a veteran doesn't do. You were surprised he
even referred to it. Maybe an indication of his temperament. I'm
sure he'll be different today. You can see that tonight on BBC One.
Let's have a look. The last time you'll see Usain Bolt
running it on a major championship final. We started the track with the
women's heptathlon 100 hurdles. Katarina Johnson-Thompson posted
13.33, which is her second best time ever. She's in sixth position going
into her highest -- best event, the high jump. Nafi Thiam was a lot
further down on her best time and she's an 11th place going into this
say she needs to post a really, really good job. The two of them had
a fantastic head-to-head last year in Rio. We'll be with them all the
way. Let's look at the standings. We expect to see Schafer pushing for
the medals. Down there in 11th place, Thiam. That won't be where
she wants to be. Ikauniece-Admidina had a disappointing run and I think
Steve Backley has news on her. Is it good news? It's not good news. She's
out. She hasn't gone to the second event, the high jump. She pulled up
in the sprint hurdles, holding her leg and she's out. That's good news
for Kat Johnson-Thompson. One of the main contenders has gone out. Nafi
Thiam, as expected, the Olympic champion, is still looking good.
Really good news for Kat. Very disappointing for the competition
because it's a hotly contested heptathlon, but it's an opportunity
for K J T. She's opted out until 1.80 in the high jump. She's one of
the best jumpers in the competition. Ikauniece-Admidina, the Latvian, is
such a fierce competitor and she's the most progressed athlete in
recent times. Bitterly disappointing for her. We suspected something was
wrong, her time was well down and she was holding our leg. Our
sympathies go to her because all that preparation and hard work and
she's out after one event. We'll go back to the high jump is it hots up.
Let's go back to the track because it's the women's 100 metres heats.
Asha Philip is down there. Listen to her reception.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE. The grand dame of the British
women's team. Only 26 but such experience. European indoor
champion. A very fast German athlete alongside her. 20 years old. She ran
11.01 to win the German title last month.
And Ahoure, ran 10. 83 in Florida in June, third quickest time this year.
And Naomi Sedney of the Netherlands in lane nine. Lane six we missed
Yelena Ryabova: Asha Philip on the inside.
Three to go through automatically. First of six heats in the women's
100 metres. Great start by Asha Philip. Storming
out. Luckenkemper easing through. Philip just run out of the automatic
places. 10. 96, the wind a little bit behind but it's legal and
Luckenkemper goes below 11 seconds for the first time and that's why we
have the smile. That's why she got the victory. Great run by
Luckenkemper. Off that start as well, three metres down on Asha
Philip early on but came storming through. Ahoure had to work hard, as
well, had to do a lot over the second half. But Luckenkemper, the
20-year-old, 10. 96. Asha Philip will have to wait to see if she is
one of the fastest losers. Asha Philip has run a season's best time,
11. 14. A decent run, and look at this start, as well, Colin. You
can't ask for much more from Asha than a season's best in this first
heat. Explosive start. But what a recovery from the German. First time
for her under 11 seconds. You can she how she feels about that. Good
wind behind. But look how much she lost on Asha Philip at the
beginning. She held it together and kept her focus. It's a good quality
field this. All these women's 100s are very high, high standards. Good
to see that. A fast race and great time to pull
out a season's best. The frustration as well I suppose at the same time?
Every time I keep getting that. I am happy with a season's best. I don't
think I have had a positive win this whole season. Fingers crossed I do
qualify and I am in the semifinal. You didn't get to experience this in
2012, unfortunately and now you are here what's it been like? Amazing. I
didn't come down last night so I didn't hear the crowd, I could hear
it from the warm-up track when they were call the British athletes, OK,
totally scared! But I will embrace it, this is my home, I am happy to
be here. You were then able to get a season's best when you needed to. I
feel I am more of a championship performer, hopefully I run faster
and get a positive win maybe. You know what, I am going to take this
on the chin and enjoy the moment. Did you feel not only a season's
best but a personal best is within you? Definitely, I keep running
faster. I am not that far off it, so I feel I actually could. All the
best, thank you. Thank you, Phil. COMMENTATOR: Luckenkemper, 10. 95
it's been rounded down to, great run from the German.
STUDIO: Out now on the track for the next heat, the double Olympic
champion from Jamaica, 25-year-old Elaine Thompson, only running the
100 metres here in London so you would guess she's going to make it
spectacular. Let's hear from her. Elaine Thompson, a brilliant
performance from her, the two of them running superbly fast. It was
my first championship ever. That was my biggest challenge to actually
come away with a silver medal. It was a big international. It was a
big success for me. In Rio, you really showed everybody how talented
you truly are. I know I was talented but sometimes you don't know how
talented you are until you actually perform the best that you can.
And it's Thompson's gold! A roar from Elaine Thompson. As you look at
the season so far are you happy with the way things are going? I have to
give God thanks every day because the life of an athlete is not easy.
It's on the track day by day. The season's going good so far, let's
take it race by race, stay humble and confident. So you are looking to
claim gold? Definitely. That's what you are coming for? Definitely.
Nothing else? Well, I am also on the relay squad and help my team to grow
on the track, pass on the baton and capture that gold.
STUDIO: Difficult not to like, isn't she? I could listen to her all day!
Yeah. A melodic voice she has. And I could watch her run, she's
fantastic. Got amazing talent. We never know what look she's going to
turn up with, as well. It's a show for Elaine. It is, but she is an
impressive athlete. She came on at the last couple of years and I think
she has just taken over that Shelley Anne Fraser Price mantle. There is
much more we are going to see from her. Shelley of course having a
baby. Elaine ready to step up to the plate, Steve.
I should maybe correct one thing that tends to float around, when she
ran in London everybody said she ran in flats, she didn't, she ran in a
sort of flat racing shoe but with a spiked plate on the bottom. And 10.
94 on that occasion. She's phenomenal anyway. But been out
there a long time this particular heat. They're out very early.
She has an easy heat inner I think by her very high standards.
As we go along, Emanuel, very experienced. Yongli Wei. A young
talent we have seen going past there, popped in to say hello to us,
and is coaching. I bumped into Stacey Crawford, as well.
For Elaine Thompson this round is obviously just a formality. No
preliminary rounds in the women's 100 metres. Straight in to this
round. Top three and six fastest as Andrew pointed out earlier. There
will and big cheer for this young lady I am sure. The Olympic
champion. A lot of Jamaican support. I bet you some try and stay in the
stadium for tonight and go, I thought my ticket was for tonight,
as well! 55,000 in the stadium this morning. A full house tonight.
Ariana Washington of the United States. Yet to break 11 seconds in
her career. This young lady here, just 19,
Khalifa St Fort. Bronze at the junior championships last year. And
the Welsh-based Charlotte Wingfield. Her father is from Malta. She
competes for Malta. So the top three.
There he is, I said he was commentating this morning, he is
not. We are the only ones who do everything!
There is a few more of us, to be honest. But the rain finally comes.
It was forecast and they're just about in the dry. The rain line is
about five metres ahead of Thompson. So she will start in the rain and
after about - sorry, start in the dry and will end up in the rain
after about six metres. There you can see the rain line
there. Nice start from Elaine Thompson.
Emanuel going well. Elaine Thompson, very easy indeed. Good performance
from her. Washington came through nicely. I bet they get off the track
pretty quickly here. It's absolutely chucking it down out there! There is
hair to think of and everything else. And the next round. She's a
beautiful runner to watch. Nice shape out of the blocks, Colin. She
will be happy to get that out of the way. She can get out of the blocks
when needed. This was such a controlled run from her. Did enough
to get out of the blocks well, good frequency early on, sets herself up
beautifully allowing her to coast, literally, from about 60 metres all
the way into the tape. Brilliant, brilliant to see. Let's look again.
Shouldn't really react quickly, but it doesn't matter. Once she puts her
foot down on the floor there's so much speed, so much it drifts her
beautifully away and effortlessly. This is one of the things, you do
not know how fast she's going because she does it without any
effort whatsoever. Look at this head-on.
Bang! There is the gun. Off she goes. Makes quick adjustments. Made
no real difference. Drove really nicely. And with effect. Pace.
Timing. Rhythm. And just smooth. All the way through to the line. Ends up
with a great winning time. Just outside 11 seconds. There is a lot
to come from this young lady. Yes, easy for her. She will get into
the dry. Back tomorrow for the semifinal. That one of probably the
easier heats. Four more heats to come.
It's high jump time for the hepathletes. Caroline Schafer is a
contender. The bar is now 1. 64. Well, clipped that.
-- 1. 74. And the rain has come to the Olympic
Stadium. It's wet under foot. And that is a
factor in the high jumping. Questioning maybe the stability of
the take-off foot there. The rain is on the track. Got twisted up on
that. I think she rotated on the floor and backed in. The rain on the
floor affects your confidence and whether you are going to slip.
Broersen is very competent, see how she manages. Comfortably indeed,
2014 world indoor champion. Quick to get out of the rain. They are in
shelter behind. Dry there but running into the rain. Everybody
knows whoever has done a high jump in a rain competition, you land on
the bed, there is a pool of water, you just get wet, your clothes get
wet. You are getting colder as the competition goes on. That's not good
for the performance and it's not very comfortable. Katarina
Johnson-Thompson is one of the best. You know what, keep that coat on as
long as you can, keep warm and dry. Hopefully the showers will stop. The
umbrellas have come out. Laura there would have got the
bronze medal. Now it's thrown it wide open. Wide open and I think
it's played in Kat's favour there. Katarina Johnson-Thompson doing, as
you said, Tony, keeping warm, keeping dry. She has a world best in
the second event: She can make ground and score heavily in this
second discipline of seven. Just stay warm, stay with your own
thoughts. She's been waiting now 35 minutes since her warm-up finished.
You can see the standing water on the track. The rain has eased a
little bit but it's still coming down and the standing water there
for the next heat in the women's 100 metres.
As Steve was saying dry for the first few paces and once they get
past a few metres. Henry lit the Olympic flame in 2012. And they ran
very quickly earlier this season in California, 11. 09 and good time out
there as well, 22. 6. A rather damp East End of London.
Spectators are a bit more dry then they would have been at the
Olympics, a slightly extended roof, but that's no consolation for the
athletes. The rain has just got a little bit heavier again. Standing
in the dry at the moment. Henry, still just 21, but a very
accomplished sprinter. A lot of big names in here, Tori Bowie of the
United States, a US champion. And Blessing Okagbare. But Henry with a
chance of being one of the top three automatic qualifiers. They have been
brought out for a long hold to stand and look at the rain. No preliminary
rounds in the women's 100 metres, so some athletes here might struggle,
to say the least. And it's getting heavier. The track
is very wet now. Asha Philip's time from the first heat, much as it was
for Hudson-Smith's time, looking good for a fastest loser. It was a
quick heat. Henry will get the traditional home welcome. CHEERING
Will that inspire her to wake quick time? Gastaud, the 17-year-old. Tori
Bowie. Samuel, the Dutch champion, a very
good starter. Blessing Okagbare, and another
double-barrelled name, Lalova-Collio of Bulgaria, 33, a double sprint
finalist at the Olympics in Athens. Shows you how long she has been
around. She's in lane nine. So Desiree Henry in lane two. Gastaud,
Tori Bowie, Samuel, Tenorio, Patricia Taea, Okagbare and
Lalova-Collio. Certainly Tori Bowie and Okagbare will be expected to go
through. And Desiree Henry will be expected to go through as one of the
automatic qualifiers. Desiree Henry was trying to hold on
for third but it was tight. Lalova-Collio was coming through
quickly in lane nine. Tori Bowie into a very slight wind, 11.05,
looking good when she got going. Not the quickest conditions any more.
Desiree Henry in a very good position, but I think she might have
been shading on the line. Lalova-Collio was finishing
strongly. That time might not be enough for Henry. The six fastest
losers go through. Henry shaded out on the line by Lalova-Collio. After
a good start at least. Yes, she got off a good start, but the quality
showed very soon when Tori Bowie got into the full flowing action of
hers. She is a great 200-metre runner as well, Tori Bowie. But just
shaded out by Lalova-Collio. She knows what it's like to go through
the rounds, has been in several major titles. Desiree Henry at the
beginning of her career. She just got tight in the crucial part of the
race. She leans, trying to get third spot, but unfortunately just misses
out. Her time puts a third fastest of the losers and six will go
through. Three more heats to come. It will be close for Desiree Henry.
She is talking to fill. Well done. So near, yet so far. A
little bit of a waiting game, but you are third fastest loser so far,
hopes high of you getting through. Anything you could have done
differently? Today I was focusing on my start and making sure I executed
there. I thought the run itself was good. Disappointed not to get the
automatic qualifying space, but right now I just have to wait and
see, relax and gather my thoughts as though I'm going to the semis. It's
a waiting game now. Being patient. How did you cope with the pressure
of being in a home games at this stadium where only five years ago
you were lighting the cauldron for the flame? It was amazing. After the
race I was thinking, it's not too bad. Then you look around and seal
the British flags, it makes you feel so proud, being British, and the
fact people are coming down to sport us. Five years on, it's a dream. We
wish you well and we will keep our things cost. Thing is crossed and
thank you to everyone at home. COMMENTATOR:
Improving things a little, she is actually the second fastest of the
losers. It's unlikely five will go faster than her in the remaining
three heats. Carolin Schafer, fifth in Rio,
second in the world list this year, she's made ground but isn't enjoying
the wet conditions. Carries a foul, but that's better from the German.
1.74, but I'm sure she knows she needs more. 1.86 is her best. Trying
to stay dry. But it's not about the failures, as it would be in the
individual competition. It's about the points. The next height is 1.77
and Carolin Schafer is still involved. STUDIO: Nafi Thiam and
Katarina Johnson-Thompson coming in at 1.80. They want like these
conditions, Denise? They won't. It takes an adjustment in the mind. You
put your runner down in dry conditions and it alters the way you
might run. But you have to be confident. Sometimes when it's wet
you can be hesitant. No problems in qualifying for Sophie Hitchon, the
great British hammer thrower, who won a bronze medal in Rio. The sun
was shining back then. They are long sessions, four seasons in one
session. Sophie Hitchon through, just one throw is all it took. What
a fantastic way to qualify. Sophie has grown in confidence since that
bronze medal. In fact, the last two seasons have really gone well for
her. That smile says it all. She knew exactly what she had to do. She
came in confident and strong and discipline. A great performance. Her
coach, we saw them interviewed in that fabulous documentary during the
week that charted some of our hopefuls for these championships.
Trying to ease the pressure, saying, she's five years, this progression,
she was ahead of the game with her bronze in Rio. Don't expect anything
here. Was that the coach being kind and trying to dampen expectations?
That's the coach recognising the pressure that can exist for a young
athlete and how it can destroy their confidence. When there is so much
pressure and expectation so early, and we have probably seen lots of
athletes not achieve their potential because of that, and he's trying to
protect his athlete, it's smart to do so. Might have different ideas
after that qualifying throw. Just outside her personal best. We can
head back to the track, it's time for the silver-medallists from the
Olympics and World Championships. Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands
is next. Steve Cram is calling this one. COMMENTATOR: Not sure about
this year. Their fastest time was in April this year of the back of an
early season training camp. She has run under 11 but hasn't looked on
top form for me. 200 is perhaps her better event. Would like to see her
smile a bit more. Come on, give us a smile! Looking up at the sky is,
looking leaden overhead. Almost looks like she's in that mood
herself. She's against Marie-Josee Ta Lou, they had a great tussle over
200 in Lausanne. They will be the standout athletes. A scrap after
that. Carol Saffy, a new French sprinter. -- Carol Carolle Zahi.
Should be straightforward for Schippers. And for Marie-Josee Ta
Lou. Dafne Schippers, that 10.95 all the way back in April. And there's a
smile, that's better. When she's on form, she will certainly give
Thompson something to think about. She will be pleased Thompson isn't
the run in the 200, I'm sure. Fourth in Rio for Marie-Josee Ta Lou in the
400 and 200. Good performances this year, there or thereabouts, often
chasing Thompson home in the Diamond League. There's Carolle Zahi, and
Carina Horn. Asha Philip and Desiree Henry still sitting nicely in a
fastest loser spots. Asha Philip will definitely go through and I
would think Henry, 11.32, given the track has got wet and cooler, the
women are not running quite so quick so I can't see her being in trouble
in getting into the semis tomorrow. Six fastest losers from the six
heats. This is heat four. Dafne Schippers and Jose Jose Mari
Calhoun heading out in front, just as we expected. -- Marie-Josee Ta
Lou out in front. Got a feel for the track, got to see how the blocks
are. What's your take, Colin, on Schippers this year? She's running
well, but I don't see a spark there. She's had a bit of a problem working
out her diet. She has been feeding on top of the worlds. She has made
dietary adjustments during the year. I wouldn't say she is in bad form,
but a little bit below par. I think once she gets that equilibria she
will be back to her best form. She has had some epic battles with
Marie-Josee Ta Lou. It's just negotiating around to the best of
their ability. It's gone a little bit chilly. Looking around the
stadium, we are all in jackets now. The athletes had to do a good warm
up, and then they stand outside for a considerable length of time
cooling off. I'm not sure whose downstairs... It looks like Dafne
Schippers. It is indeed. You always want to get the first
round out of the way as easily as you can. Yeah, the first round. My
start was OK, and then easy go to the finish. The weather wasn't kind,
turning Chile and rainy all of a sudden, typical London weather. How
are you feeling coming in and what were your preparations like? Very
good. I'm very happy and my body is good. No problems and I'm excited
for tomorrow. A busy week ahead of you. Looking at the crowd and the
support you will get in London, that must help you through a busy
schedule. It's OK. It's run by run. I have energy here. It's a good race
for now. Good start for now. We wish you well for the semis and final
tomorrow. California, 11. 09 and good time out
there as well, 22. 6. A nice hug for the two of them. Back
tomorrow for the semis. Group B of this hammer throws have
to contend with a bit of rain here in the Olympic Stadium. The sun was
shining earlier when Sophie Hitchin went through. No such conditions. Is
going to have to stay stable here. She does. She is a resounding
favourite. A huge odds-on favourites to take the title here again. A
comfortable throw there. Three throws beyond 80 metres last year. A
world record to take the Olympic title. Sails into the final. Sophie
Hitchin involved. Wlodarczyk goes beyond qualifying. Back to this
heptathlon. Carolin Schafer. Better. The rain looks like it's stopped a
little. That was a better effort. Much better. She got more vertical,
got up higher before she went over the bar. A lot of people try to get
over the bar before they're even off the ground. It's about that height
first. A better pop off the floor. Up she goes, plenty of clearance and
over the bar. The floor's been dried up by the sponges so hopefully
they're getting better grip out there. Fingers crossed the rain
doesn't become too much of a problem. Looks like it's drying out
as Broersen looks to match that clearance of 177. The slightest of
wobbles, but also clear. Yeah, goes into the bar a little early as I was
saying before, tries to clear the bar. Your eyes kind of take over and
you think you have actually jumped and you go towards the bar instead
of staying away from the bar and work the vertical.
You see her rotating. Got a bit close. Katarina Johnson-Thompson
watching on. She hasn't joined the second event, the high jump, just
yet. She is the best in the world, 198 last year, along with Tiam. It's
interesting looking at them, they're not looking at each other, they're
biding their time. We have been waiting 45 minutes. Probably
thinking I wish you girls would hurry up so we can get started.
A yawn from Katarina Johnson-Thompson there.
Looking to entertain the hungry crowd.
She's not sharing, is she! Please! Will the hepathletes have lunch,
Tony? They'll certainly have snacks, popcorn is a good snack. They'll
have snacks in their bags, it's mainly sugars, you want fuel, petrol
all the time. All dignity has gone out the window here, shovelling it
in! I have a four-year-old daughter and trust me, when it comes to
popcorn she doesn't share and shovels in the same way. Bless them!
This bucket is mine, this giant bucket! First heat of the giant
popcorn bucket eating contest, automatic qualifier on the right.
Trying to come through as the fastest loser on the left!
Just power it in! It's not as if you are on national
television at all. It's gone, it's finished. Let's move
on to the 5th heat in the women's 100 metres.
Kambundji, European bronze-medallist last summer. Swiss champion over 100
and 200. Far better in the 100. Simone Facey of Jamaica. In the
shadow now of Elaine Thompson. Pinto of Germany and Chand of India.
Michelle-Lee Ahye. A little bit of a habit of running quickly throughout
the season, not doing it at major championships, ran 10. 82 in
Trinidad in June. Buchanan in eight. And then Santos of Brazil on the
outside. Again three going through
automatically. This is the penultimate first round heat. Henry
still in a good position, and Asha Philip certainly going to go
through. And, that will be, unfortunately,
Pinto, who is going to turn round and eventually head straight out. I
would say there was a little bit of noise in the field events and the
heptathlon going on just before the start. But Tatjana Pinto, you see
her head go and the rest of her and a little doubt about that. Yes,
unfortunately, for her. That warm-up that she did about an
hour-and-a-half ago may not be needed. Lane five, it will be a red
card for Tatjana Pinto, all the training and preparation comes to
nothing. Such a good run from Luckenkemper, her team-mate ran 10.
95 but she is off. Makes things easier for some others,
as well. Pinto would have certainly fancied one of the top three places.
Santos going strongly in lane nine. Those three coming away. Facey is
edged out. Santos runs well. 11. 05. A fraction outside her personal
best. Slightly damper, cooler conditions, as well. A very good run
from the Brazilian. 100th of a second down on her personal best
time. It's been rounded down equalling her personal best. That is
the way to move through to the semifinals, very good run in lane
nine. Michelle-Lee Ahye I am sure she has more to spare. She does at
least go through. Good sprinting from all the women so far, we have
seen quick times and in very controlled conditions. I am looking
forward to those semifinals. Santos, nice and strong from the beginning.
We expect Kambundji to get a great start. Let's see what Ahye has to
offer in the semifinals. There is the Olympic champion
getting ready to join this second discipline of seven while Alina
Shukh of Ukraine, just 20 years of age, 180 and comfortably clear.
So then. Looks as though the rain has
stopped. They've mopped up the puddles. Decent conditions again
Shukh making the best of them. That knee is heavily strapped for the
young Ukrainian. Here is Thiam, the best high jumper, the best
hepathlete in the world currently, third best ever has gone through the
7,000-point mark. Opens her high jump with a clearance of 180.
Well, I am sure she will have had a sigh of, not relief, but wanted to
get that jump out of the way. She's been waiting 55 minutes, an hour,
goes at it, throws herself backwards. That sort of is similar
to her style. Having waiting an hour to get that jump, it will be the
same situation for Katarina Johnson-Thompson. The sun comes out
as Katarina gets ready to also join the high jump. Things looking good.
We go back to Erica Bougard of the United States. Talk about leaning
in, take me through what went wrong there. I would like to see that jump
again. What should normally happen is you run a curve, lean away, that
creates a force to jump upwards. You have to go with the lean. Like you
are riding a bike around the corner and see how her head, if you watch
her head, it leans and goes towards the bar. Takes her into the bar.
Instead of staying away and then converting it straight to lift. It's
a waiting game for Katarina Johnson-Thompson.
But Krizsan of Hungary. Her best ever is 181. Not even close. Having
a few problems there I think with the rhythm. It is a rhythm event. If
you have that smooth rhythm running, so that you accelerate, each step
gets quicker than the one before, and set it up, lean back. See the
head just takes her in. Wherever the head in that inside arm go, the body
will follow. You have to send those upwards into the air. The cheers
from the huge crowd here, 60,000 people, looking on as Katarina
Johnson-Thompson, a solid start in that hurdles, first event. First
attempt. Now 180. Oh, yes! Great start for KJT.
Appreciative of a very noisy support. A wonderful atmosphere here
in the stadium. First time clearance for her opening height. Good start.
Yeah. Again nice and steady. Again rotates a little bit. Goes towards
the bar. Is that me or does she have strapping on that take-off foot?
Giving her a little extra support on that foot. I would like to see that
again. She has the tights on so it would be difficult to see. There we
go up and over the bar. Steady, a nice opener. Yeah, just a little bit
of tape you see on that left foot. Hopefully just giving her a little
bit of support and hopefully nothing wrong there at all. She is one of
the tallest athletes. Uses levers so well. Thiam, they are the two best
ever high jump scores and performances. Yeah, to be fair about
the Olympics, they weren't offered 198 to jump, they were offered 197.
Yeah, it's a bit of a moot point as to whether she would have won that
one. Well, success so far for KJT in the
high jump. Deajah Stevens going in this final heat. The final heat of
this women's 100 metres. Trying to calm herself down.
Baptiste still running fast. Morrison of Jamaica, 4th in their
championships but is close to 11 seconds. Swoboda interesting to see
how she goes. And Neita, a 20-year-old. Still a teenager when
she won for Great Britain in Rio. Daryll Neita will want to be in the
top three here, but this is one of the tougher heats. The likes of
Swoboda, wonder how she will go. Morrison, Baptiste and Stevens in
the middle. It has just warmed up a tout with
the sun trying to break through. The rain has stopped, so better
conditions than for some of the middle heats.
It will be very tight, Daryll Neita running a great race, and she wins
it! Excellent, no wonder the arm goes aloft. She needed to run well.
Tough heat, the women all running sub 11, or all 11-2. Daryll Neita,
didn't take any chances, winning the race. It's close, Colin. Good start,
Morrison getting out well. Swoboda gets out well as ever. Asha Philip
ran 11.14, but a few nerves no doubt. You can see the relief for
Daryll Neita. Very nice to see. She is 20, still young, and gaining
experience in major championships will be crucial for her to improve
and get better. Out of the blocks, kept focused, at no stage did she
thinks to herself, I'm in the lead and I can cruise. No, a good, solid
job, exactly what she did in the trials. It's what you want to see
athletes do, not taking any risks, not taking anything for granted, and
putting out a good solid performance. It was a tough
first-round race for her. You can see why she's very pleased. You can
see her reaction, yes, I'm through. The 100 metre hurdles heats
tomorrow. The important thing there, Colin, we knew there were five good
ones in this and all five will qualify as fastest losers. But don't
take the risk or the chance. Lane nine might have helped, she was away
from some of the rest that was going on. You can see her focus. Not
looking across and running her own race in lane nine. It's a really
professional job. Very impressive, Young, 20 years old. A performance
like that to book her place in the semifinal very well. We can hear
what she has to say now. A very happy Daryll Neita down by
the side of me. After a tremendous performance. I know I'm in the best
shape of my life. It's all about focus, my coach, my team. They have
got me into such an amazing place and I'm so grateful. I'm going to
put my head down and rest up for the semi. It was a stack is heat and you
have won it. I've taken some really fast girls. It was a tough field but
I had to believe in myself. When we talked in Paris in the holding camp
you said you wanted to be at the top of the sport. It's not just about
getting through round by round, you want to be an Olympic champion. One
day I want to be an Olympic champion. I have a bronze medal and
now I'm rooting for the higher medals. The only way to get those
medals into race against those who have them. Tomorrow when you have to
step it up again, you were close to your personal best there. 11.15, but
I feel there is more in me. I feel great right now. I will recover and
chill and then move onto tomorrow. Continue to enjoy well done.
Baptiste and Swoboda, despite not finishing in the top three, they
will go through as fastest losers and the good news is all three
British sprinters going through. It was tight at the end for Henry. One
disqualification for Pinto might have helped. Not sure how quick
Pinto would have run. Luckenkemper heading up the qualifiers, very
impressive. The fastest losers on the last page.
Desiree Henry is the sixth of them. Just enough to be in the semifinal.
Three British women in the semifinals. STUDIO:
A word on Daryll Neita. Well done to that man being prepared, not many of
us carry that in our handbags. Maybe he was hoping for the sun. Daryll
Neita's interview was refreshing there. A few British sprinters,
including Martyn Rooney earlier, they didn't seem to have a game face
on. It's very refreshing. She's focused on the semifinal, we didn't
hear any fluff, she's focused on the task at hand. You are here to
produce your best performance right now, when it counts. Take it round
by round. Thankfully Matthew Hudson-Smith made it in. And his
interview as well was about learning from mistakes. You have to apply
that right now as opposed to using this as any sort of opportunity for
something in the future that isn't promised. You are here right now,
all the work that you put in, you want to put it together here. It was
refreshing to hear her not just celebrate the win, she didn't really
talk about that at all, she talked about the semifinals and what you
want to do there, and ultimately what she wants to do. She made no
apologies, she wants to be Olympic champion and that's what you want to
hear. There was a collective sit up and listen when she said that.
Staking your claim and staking in Ames is a bold thing to do, but why
shouldn't athletes be doing that? It's that aspiration. That's why
she's here. It's a natural response. She has taken stopped and looked at
her feet and knew exactly what she wanted to do. She's a thinker, she
stunned the analysing beforehand and executed her race to perfection.
Thank goodness the cameraman duct at the right time. It would have been a
great shot. This is to bring you up to speed with what happened this
morning. We were on the air at 9:30am. Action started at 10am.
Olympic champion Wayde van Niekerk has come through in the 200-metre
heats. Beginning his bid for a double gold in London. The Colombia
needed one jump to get through qualifying. Sophie Hitchon made
light work of qualifying for the hammer final, booking her spot in
the final. Defending champion Elaine Thompson was also in cruise control,
qualifying at a canter for her semifinals. Plenty more still to
come until 2pm. Later this evening, another super Saturday in this
stadium, memories of 2012 are never far away. No doubt Usain Bolt will
be the main man this evening. What a night it should be. Long jump final
as well, sadly no Greg Rutherford, who is injured.
Katarina Johnson-Thompson and her fellow competitors have got to get
through the high jump competition. She's a world-class high jumper, so
she entered the competition at 1.80 along with Olympic champion Nafi
Thiam. They are down there somewhere behind us. The rain did stop for KJT
when she took her first attempt at 1.80 and cleared it nicely.
Hopefully that will give her a lift, the son opening up. The cloud
lifting, the conditions. We know she can jump higher. Just acknowledging
the crowd's response. But she's really focused at this point because
she knows jumping high today is important. Being aware of the
competition around her. She's in good shape right now. And there is
Nafi Thiam, still in that competition. The high jump takes a
long time, a lot of athletes in there. We are now getting to the
stage where only the best jumpers are left in it. This was Nafi
Thiam's 1.80. Just like KJT, such a strong event. It's a big point
scorer for the girls, easily you can get 1000 points. Everybody trying to
get as close to 1000 points for every single event. This is one
event where you can do that in abundance. A nice clearance from
her, again, relaxed and confident and flying high. The next event on
the track is the men's 800-metre heat. We can catch up with Steve
Cram and Paula Radcliffe in the commentary box. Where is men's
800-metre running on a global sense, and specifically on our British
hopefuls? COMMENTATOR: No David Rudisha, always a shame when you are
one of the world's greatest eight and had metre runners. He got the
world record at the Olympic Games, got injured just before these
championships. Would have been interesting to see him take on the
young American -based Kenyan. Nijel Amos is back to that 2012 form.
World 800-metre running is at a very high level. Bringing Paula in on the
British side of things, it's been a difficult year, Kyle Langford and
Elliot Giles, to good young talents. They have tough heats. But for the
guys it's particularly tough. They will have to run in the vein of Jess
Judd yesterday in the 1500 and put it all out to try to make it through
to the next round. We had Murphy for the USA last year being very good.
They have a brilliant run, Donavan Brazier, who I think will become a
big star. He is already very good. Interesting to see how he does here.
STUDIO: You mentioned Kyle Langford. The harrier is only 21 years old. He
got great experience in Beijing a couple of years ago. We caught up
with him. Paging was a massive learning curve
for me. I learned so much pre-and post-competition. -- Beijing. I have
come up with a PB this year and come to the World Championships, but I
still don't feel like I have achieved what I wanted to achieve
this year. It's a bittersweet feeling almost. I've had a bit of a
hard start to the year with family members and a friend passing away.
It was hard in the camp, but it's all coming together now. Beijing
helped everything, the experience. I think when I get to London it should
hopefully come together. I'm really excited for it. Great Britain's Kyle
Langford. He's going in the second heat. We can start with heat one,
getting down to the track with Andrew Cotter and Paula Radcliffe.
The first of six heats. Drew Windle going here for the United States. He
was third in the US Championships. Donavan Brazier heading that US
challenge, but drew Windle with a good time already this season. Kenny
might have lost Rudisha for this championship, but the 19-year-old
Kipyegon Bett, second in the Diamond League meetings this year in Rome,
and Paris, and won in Shanghai. A very powerful presence, Kenya, still
in this event. That's how they line up. I think all the runners in the
event will be delighted to see Kramer in the event. It's nice to
have a pacemaker effectively. Because fastest losers will go
through. Kramer is a very talented Swedish athlete and likes to go out
fast, he's in lane nine. Three going through automatically, and the sixth
fastest losers. Alzaabi, the European under 23 champion, of the
United Arab Emirates. Arroyo, the 22-year-old is below 1.45 this
season. Drew Windle, just edged qualification in the US
Championships. There is also Donavan Brazier to look out from the
American challenge. Ibid in, Belferar, Ayouni. 1:43.76 last year.
Second that the Kenyan trials. And summer has returned to the Olympic
Stadium. The first of six heats in the men's
800 metres. Look out for Kramer in the blue and yellow. Likes to take
it out quickly. A very talented athlete he is. He is going to settle
in a little here unless he picks up the pace and moves across, as they
break. Kramer just tucking himself in,
alongside Bett at the moment. Yeah, took a few looks across and straight
to the front. This is the way he ran when he won the European under-23s
last month. Not afraid to commit. The first three to qualify in top
heats and six fastest losers and you are in the first heat you want to
make sure you get the race moving. Yes, it's good for all the athletes
behind to be chasing that yellow shirt as they go through 400 metres.
Bett at the moment behind Kramer. Now Bett begins to make his move.
Drew Windle needs to start moving up. He looked better in the Monaco
Diamond League this month. Windle with much ground to make up. Drew
Windle being run out of things. Three to go through automatically.
There is a big gap for him to try to get back. Bett in front. Drew Windle
beginning to make his move. It's a long way to try to come back. Windle
sees the door opening. He will get through! As one of the three
automatic qualifiers. And Ayouni was drifting out. The door opened for
Drew Windle. That's how to pace it, just about. That's how to wing it!
That's how to give it everything that you have got and to seize the
opportunity at the last possible moment. He was really relying on
Ayouni in front and there being space enough. Maybe he has learned
to race smarter in the next round. A bit of of a shoelace problem for
Bett. Didn't hamper him. First place for Kipyegon Bett. Up and running in
the 800 metres. Fascinating event. Ayouni started to struggle. Windle
coming through. This is how the different pacings of different
runners judging it differently in the 800 metres. Windle had more to
give. Illustrating in a heat situation, even when you think you
are out of it, you have to keep running as hard as you can, through
the line is what we have to keep telling junior athletes more and
more. You don't know where the spots are going to open up. Ayouni
drifting to lane two. Sometimes when you are so hired the last thing you
are thinking about is remaining tight to the kerb. It opened up for
Windle to come through. Kramer did what he always does. He goes
through, as well. With Drew Windle. Confirmation of that:
The heptathlon continues. A very relaxed looking Katarina
Johnson-Thompson. She has chosen to pass at this height. First time
clearance of 180. The event favourite Thiam, the Olympic
champion, explain tactics behind the strategy of passing at this height,
Tony. It's a smart move, basically. They're very comfortable jumping
past the height, conserve energy. You are probably looking between
nine and 11 jumps total in a competition. This is a two-day
competition. So you are conserving energy. They've a big break after
this but you want to be at your best when the bar is at its highest, so
save that energy for later. Katarina Johnson-Thompson doing just that.
The rain has been an issue so far but it looks as though it's drying
out and Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Thiam will get the best of the
conditions in this second event of the heptathlon. Scafer of Germany,
she has had six jumps already. -- Schafer. Goes clear the first time
of asking for a change. A decent jump. Her best is 186 this year.
Seven jumps there, perfect. Remember you are going to finish with three
jumps, the last three are going to be fails. She's getting to a height
she wants, par if you like in golf terms, the next height she gets
that, anything above that is a bonus points. Broersen, 27 years of age
now but has had injury worries. 183 proving too much. If you just look
at her right knee you can see - sorry the left knee. The black
strapping. It shows there is probably the tendon is inflamed on
the knee. Again it makes it difficult to jump off because you
feel pain as you take off. So you put the strap on which takes the
pressure off the tendon. Down the other end of the track,
thankfully no injuries for Kyle Langford. He has the front running
Dutchman, there in the orange, that will help, because he knows - the
first heat that's just taken place if you are not in the top three,
there were six men under 1. 47 flat, so you get in the wrong heat where
they go too slow and you have no chance going through as the fastest
loser. This is one of the tougher heats. He has Kupers, he will make
sure it's quick, I am sure, that will be good for Kyle, there will be
no nerves. Just go and run. Still have to come in the top three. But
if he doesn't he has a chance of getting a decent time. Only third in
the British championships. He was surprised that day by Lamont who
then got the qualifying time in London and got the automatic spot.
Kyle ran quick enough, as well. And missed out was Andrew Sarge.
Kevin Lopez, the very experienced Spanish athlete. Branden McBride,
very good indicated andian. Had a great race in Monaco recently. --
very good Canadian. Lopez from Mexico could be a threat,
as well. There is Jesus Lopez. Gakeme, really
good form, indoor at the indoor championships last year, twice made
semifinals. McBride in great form. Paris of Argentina.
Then the European indoor bronze-medallist, European team
champion this year, Kupers and Lopez in between him and Kyle Langford.
Great talent, Kyle, has good speed, as well. When you look at 800
metres, you want them to be able to run quick 400 and Kyle has that, he
has to get his race brain into gear, as well.
Hopefully if it's nice and quick he won't have to give that too much
thought. So second heat. Top three. Jesus
Lopez in the green of Mexico starting quickly. They'll all be
looking for Kupers in the orange vest. Natural frontrunner here.
There he goes. Has a look across. Maybe he is thinking... McBride
under his shoulder. Langford in about 6th, that's fine as long as
there is decent pace on. Yeah, Kyle Langford, a huge talent but needs to
learn his trade, as it were, as he comes through. He has a tendency to
overuse his energy in the first couple of rounds, especially if he
gets himself into trouble. It's good to see him outside. Giving himself
space and time to react. A little slower than the first heat. McBride
at the front. Kupers is on the kerb. Lopez is in a good spot. Tries to
give Lopez. They're still fighting there.
Really not happy there, he gave Lopez quite a shove. You can see a
grimace on Kyle's face. He looks to wait until the home straight.
They're all good finishers here. Lopez, both Lopez. Kyle, has he
enough to get into the top three. McBride goes away. Lopez and Kupers
keep moving away. He is going to be 5th at best here. Kupers wins.
McBride and lose Lopez. Gakeme and then Langford. There is still plenty
of heats to come and he is 5th. That's going to be a tough one. In
terms of times. A shake of the head. He wasn't in touch with 200. He
wasn't close enough. He is a good quality athlete and he is good in
the home straight but he gave these guys a head start. You can't really
do that. You have to be more in the race. McBride had slowed it nicely
to give him a chance to get involved. He didn't take that chance
down the back straight. Then just doesn't have enough legs to... To
run athletes of that was quality down. He is still involved as a
fastest loser at this point. But I worry for him going through. It's a
big worry for him going forward. He knows that. He is shaking his head.
Almost as if he is saying goodbyes now. He allowed that shove to knock
him off his stride and almost gave up a little bit at that point. Then
he came back fighting but left himself too much work to do. You
can't make up ground like that on guys like Kevin Lopez who is moving
through, knocking Gakeme out of that top three position. Those loser
spots will fill up as you see the heats go on. Third fastest at the
moment. I am sure Phil will let him know that. Let's see what
You are the third fastest of the fasters at the moment so you are
still in the mix you with disappointment was on your face as
you crossed the line, Kyle. Yeah, it's a hard game, you know, it will
eat you up and spit you out. I wasn't good enough there. I gave
everything I could. But it was just, you know, inexperience with myself,
just maybe not in the right position, going when I should go.
But, you know, hopefully I will make it through. But, I have to improve
on these sort of things and can't happen again, but it is what it is.
Being closer to the guys at the front coming down the home straight,
was that the key today? I don't know, I was trying to sit back and
pick off, I sat a little bit too wide. And the last 100, it was all
moving the same pace, I was catching but, you know, they're kicking just
as fast, so should have been closer but John, my coach, we will sit down
and look at this and improve. We appreciate you talking to us. Thank
you. Where he lost that was down the back
straight. He had a chance, they were all moving at the same pace as he
said, but he was already, five, six metres back.
He will be in at the moment. We do have plenty more heats to
come. The sun is back out.
It's warmer again. Cram has taken his gilet off! And
Thiam, the Olympic champion, gets ready. Katarina Johnson-Thompson
waits. She will follow Thiam. This is the second event of seven. Thiam
doesn't look as if she's settled into this competition yet. Katarina
Johnson-Thompson looking comfortable so far. Thiam looking slightly
anxious, this is her best event. She rose to the occasion last year. What
has she got at 186? That's more like it.
That will settle the nerves. Yeah, let's not get too carried away on
the difference with technique and style. She gets up in the air, comes
off the floor very well. It looks jerky, doesn't look smooth and in a
classic way. Arms there, drives them up. Works the knee. Probably could
work it a little bit hard, drive it up to give yourself more lift. Again
at this height it's comfortable, she will have confidence. I think she
will grow as the competition comes and the same for Katarina
Johnson-Thompson here. Johnson-Thompson at the same height.
That was a miss. The runner-up looked wrong. She was too close.
Yeah, I think she got too close and ran in. Remember, she's had one jump
in an hour and a half, 90 minutes. That's just the second. A little bit
of rust, doesn't matter, you cannot get off twice as long as you keep
clearing the height. Backing into the bar and taking it off with her
shoulders. Lean away, stay away and I'm sure she'll get the vertical.
I'm sure she'll get it, it's well within her repertoire. 1.95 in
Gotzis this year. Best of 1.98 last year. It's well within her
capabilities. You will get a lengthening and shortening of stride
in order to get the rhythm. As long as you don't buckle on the knee too
much, because then every time you bend the knee energy is lost into
the floor and you don't get the return off the floor. Under the
guidance of the new coach, moving to France. Bertrand is the new coach to
guide Katarina Johnson-Thompson, lets hope to potentially a rostrum
finish in the World Championships here. But there is the favourite,
Nafi Thiam. They coach plays a big part, Tony, but you would say that,
wouldn't you? Definitely. A lot of information coming from the coach,
the critical thing is the relationship between the athlete and
coach, not so much the technical, but the relationship, the way you
support them and communicate and get information across to them. Ready
for the third heat in the first round of the men's 400 metres.
Rotich goes in the outside. Harris, second in the US trials behind
Donavan Brazier. A 1:44.53 this season. He goes to Penn State
University. There is no Almassri in lane six. Remove straighter Elliot
Giles, the UK champion. -- we move straight to Elliot Giles. Won on
this track in the Diamond League meeting. He tends to run tactically
very well, so we will see how he handles this. El Guesse of Morocco,
Sanchez of Puerto Rico, and De Arriba of Spain. Keeping an eye on
the times with Kyle Langford hanging on. It's still early, still heats to
go. He's currently the third fastest loser at the moment. Elliot Giles is
looking to go through as one of the automatic qualifiers here. Left for
a moment on the start, Elliot Giles, but he does tend to judge things
pretty well. The men to look out for, Rogic on the outside.
-- Rotich on the outside. Elliot Giles in fifth at the moment. He's
settling into fifth. He's ready to cover any moves in the race. He gets
himself in good positions. The one place where he didn't was in Monaco
where he went out much too hard and paid for it in the closing stages.
He has learned from that. Ferguson Rotich takes it out from Sanchez.
Elliot Giles battling for fourth at the mode. Three of them will go
through automatically. Sanchez alongside Ferguson Rotich. El Guesse
tries to make a move. De Arriba, the bronze-medallist in the European
indoors is also there. Ferguson Rotich and Sanchez and Giles all
looking good at the moment. Three will go through automatically. But
Harris will have something down the home straight. Sanchez has gone.
Suddenly it's three of them clear. Elliot Giles able to look around, is
comfortable and looking strong. There are your three to go through
automatically. Ferguson Rotich taking the victory. A good run from
Elliot Giles. Harris is thereafter jostling and barging. Sanchez fell
away. Comfortable for the automatic places, the top three and a good run
from Elliot Giles. A very good run from Elliot Giles. If we look back
we will see how well he judged the race down the back straight. He was
also a tiny bit lucky, managing to find space and manoeuvre himself
through on the inside to get himself into a very good position coming
into the last 200 metres. Acquitted himself really well. Katarina
Johnson-Thompson eyeing up the bar at 1.86, that she has dislodged at
the first time of asking. A more serious look on the face of
Johnson-Thompson. Steps sideways there. That was very close.
We'll be very keen to see this as the replay, Tony. Two fouls at 1.8
six. Not looking great for Katarina Johnson-Thompson. Just her heel at
the end, just didn't get it out. That's well within her capabilities.
I'm confident she will get that. She might rue that a little bit. She
drove up. You see how fast she has travelled along the bed. From the
point of take-off to the point where she lands, it's just soft, she needs
to convert more of a punch to put herself in the F. The travel across
has caused the rotation to flick the bar. Carolin Schafer at the second
time of asking. Clean clearance. She will be delighted with that. Three
fouls and it's the end of your competition, remember. Second time
clearance and a personal best for Carolin Schafer. It bodes well for
her medal challenge. That's an equal personal best. That's what she
cleared in Gotzis. That's par now, solid performing. It's what you want
in heptathlon. The bar now goes to 1.8 nine. Can she get the points
bonus. Broersen has had a lot of attempts for a loop 1.90 plus high
jumper. Perhaps showing a lack of confidence in her abilities. That
wasn't even close. Two fouls for Broersen at 1.86, and looking under
pressure. Just around the last heat in the
men's 800 metres. Elliot Giles going through as an automatic qualifier.
Kyle Langford has been knocked down to the fourth fastest loser. But
Elliot Giles is safely through. Safely through and a happy man.
Obviously this is a huge stage. You had a taste of it in Rio last year.
This year you have now done what you didn't do last year and accomplished
and a performance in the first round. It's staying relaxed in these
moments. I looked at it as a normal race without the pressure. Stay calm
all the way through. It paid off, if I had panicked I could have been in
trouble with 200 to go. It all went to plan. We've made the semis. We
wish you well for the semis. Thank you.
We have seen Johnson-Thompson with two fouls at 1.86 and she has to go
clear to stay in contention. It's early days to talk about medals, but
this is her strongest event across the Severn. 1.98 last year in Rio.
She has to go higher because the throws are so weak, the shot and
javelin. Johnson-Thompson has to throw caution to the wind and find a
way of getting over. She can jump this. I'm sat here with butterflies.
It's like I'm coaching again. The significance of this, if she doesn't
clear that she has lost 180 points for personal best score this year. I
have every confidence she will clear this because it is well within her
capabilities. She knows what to do. Johnson-Thompson at 1.86, her last
attempt. No! That's a massive disappointment for Johnson-Thompson.
She knows it. Three fouls, a serious haemorrhaging of points. Speechless,
Steve. I feel for the girl, absolutely feel for her. That means
a score for her, at this moment in time, if she repeats all the marks
she she got in Gotzis, then she could score 6500. We know it's not
over because 6600 can get you on the podium. She can find points because
she can go 30 centimetres longer in the long jump. She can find it
elsewhere. It's not over, it will be a tough conversation for the coach,
but this is where the coach earns their corn. Big disappointment for
Johnson-Thompson in an event where she was expected to take a lot of
points. It's like getting a double bogey or worse. She has to carry
those points, and she knows it. Huge disappointment. For me that's a real
lack of discipline. The run-up is sloppy. It changed every time. She
has done it before in the long jump. We have seen her unfold and unravel
in the throwing where she is not as confident. We needed to see her go
clear there. We will come back to it. Broersen with two fouls. No.
Broersen also, her high jumper also comes to a grinding halt. But she
had a clearance of 1.8 three. So Johnson-Thompson... She's leaving
the arena in a different mood to how she entered. She will be bitterly
disappointed at this moment in time. Like I say, in athletics you have
the chance of making comments here, so it will be down to the coach. In
this heat we have perhaps the gold-medal contender for the
800-metre title. Korir in lane nine, might not be known to athletic fans
too much. Based in the US, has great ability. A 44 second 400 metre man
who can run brilliant 800 metres. Moving across now. A really open
heat, this one. Marc Reuther, he set a new personal best recently.
European under 21 finalist. He has decided to take it on, a big old
item in the fun. And then Korir and Thiago Andre of Brazil. Plenty to
watch out for here. We have seen Dahmani. Korir is one of only three
men to have run 44 seconds at 401.43 at 800. -- 44 seconds at 400 and
1.43 at 800. Manco, another US-based athlete running for Ghana. --
Amankwah. Reuter Mac is still controlling it at the front. Korir
begins to extricate himself. A very good solid performance from him. The
Polish speaking through on the inside, Rozmys. That's one of those
heats that you hate when you are an 800-metre runner. There is always
one that just goes slow, and then all of a sudden it's not a normal
1.44 rom-com you are running 1.47 and that gives everyone a chance.
Korir is a superb talent. He's used to doing well in a heats and semis
and finals, so I think he will conduct himself. Didn't do more than
he had to. Didn't want to expend a more energy than he had to. And he
didn't, judged it perfectly. He's not even gone into second gear as he
comes down, cruising through to the front and not even bothering about
the fact that Rozmys is about to sneak through and come close. He
almost gets there on the line, the Polish third string athlete in Yate
and metres. We are yet to see Lewandowski, still to come. But a
good qualification for him and Korir is looking very strong.
Look how relaxed he is. Korir safely through. The good news for Kyle
Langford is still in a fastest loser spot.
Thiam on the runway. Second event of the heptathlon has
seen her competitor, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, go out at a height
below what she is capable of. Thiam, 1. 89, first attempt. Wow, very
good, very, very good indeed. She seems to get better the more
important the effort is. That's the mark of a champion. Rose to the
occasion in Rio. And she's come good. Settling in. She doesn't run
well over the hurdles this morning. Looked a bit ragged in the first
attempt. But is settling in. 1. 89, the best we have seen so far, the
only athlete clear at this height. STUDIO: Thiam with a good high jump
at 1. 89. Really showing the way there. Her experience counting. Her
Olympic gold medal now really building up towards a fantastic
climax of the competition for her. But such disappointment for Katarina
Johnson-Thompson. On an event that she is world-class at, 1. 98 jumper,
to go out not clearing higher than 1. 86. Huge disappointment. You can
see it on her face, Denise and lost a lot of points there. She's lost a
lot of points, she will be feeling sick to her core. Both myself, Jess,
we have been in positions where you think oh my gosh, but you have to
remember this is not only about points at this stage. It isn't. It's
about battling for medals, it's still early days. I have had
disasters in heptathlons where I think what is going to happen next
but you have to have the capacity to keep fighting. We said about Kat, is
that it's the ability to shut off after one event and treat the next
like a new competition. That is going to be tested now. This is the
hardest situation for her, she's gone into the high jump with it
being one of her best events, hoping for it to be a high scoring event
and come away with that. To compartmentalise that and move on to
the next event is going to be extremely difficult. Because she's
going into the shot put which is one of her weaker events. The reasoning
why you would miss a height when you are confident but when it's a cold
day relatively and the rain is there and you have to wait a long time, 90
minutes, would the rhythm of the day, would it not be better to clear
183 and get into the rhythm of the jumping than to have that time
waiting? It depends on the athlete. For me you want to get a jump in and
want to, if you are feeling confident and happy in your jumping,
you don't want to expend too much energy and sometimes it's good to
miss a few rounds and come back in at a higher height. She was jumping
well in warm-up, and obviously felt confident. Again the weather's not
been great. We did have a big downpower and it affects you in
different ways. It's hard to say but that was her decision. She's gone on
what she normally She has a plan, normally comes in at
180. It's understanding the changes in the environment, sometimes you
might have to make that decision and say I am feeling cold, I need to
come in and you can change. You can, once you have opted to pass, well,
you know in the mind that you can come back in, it's tough from here,s
and this is where she needs to show her mettle. We know her throws are
her weaker event. She still has 200 metres, the long juch that could be
a high scoring event. -- long jump. We saw problems she had in that in
Beijing. We have to hope she can mentally refocus and has more time.
Yeah, she's going to have to wait now and see how Thiam performs and
she's jumping well at the moment. She's going to have to sit back and
gather herself and compose herself for the next two events. It's going
to be tough for her. OK. Let's get back outside. It's the next heat of
the men's 800 metres. Andrew is your commentator for this one.
Some black clouds coming in. There is the line-up for this one.
That looks rather gloomy. Bosse has been the standard-bearer
for France for sometime. I might have seen lightning there! And I
think I was right. Dramatic roll of thunder for Nijel Amos.
I am slightly scared! The main stay of 800-metre running
for years now, Adam Kszczot. He has seen his teammate just going
through. So a thunder storm threatening the
stadium here as we get going in the 5th of six heats in the men's 800
metres. Again look out for times, as well, because Kyle Langford is till
in 4th place of the fastest losers with two heats to come and six
fastest losers will go through overall.
Bosse creeps in alongside Amos. Amos not a pretty runner to watch but
unbelievably talented 800-metre runner. As an 18-year-old he was
silver-medallist in the stadium five years ago. He has had tough times
since but seems to be coming back to his best. Has been racing
impressively this year. Bosse behind him in contrast is finding his feet
this season. He improved a bit in the Monaco Diamond League and looks
in good shape now as he is tracking amiss through the first 400 metres.
Another rumble of thunder. Amos is there and Bosse. Kszczot further
back but is a strong finisher. Amos sitting there. Here comes Kszczot.
He had to move really wide there. Now he is closing very fast. Will
sit back in a little and then attack again in the home straight. And an
injury there, as well. Bosse in front. Amos and here comes Adam
Kszczot now. Mark English. Amos will take the victory, just ahead of
Bosse. 1. 47. Again it's not quick at all. It's looking good for Kyle
Langford again. But not a quick race, but well enough judged by
Nigel Amos. Not a quick race and a messy race, as well. A few stumbles
there. I think it was Hamada having to get into a wheelchair there.
Looks like something went in his hamstring attachment. His arms
swinging out, as well. He is not going to be taking further back in
these championships at all. Not a good way for his championships to
end. The rest of the race did continue. Bosse controlling at the
front. Amos letting him do that. Adam Kszczot just doing what he
needed to do, keeping his wits about him. All three of them did enough to
hold off Smaili and none of the fastest losers will come from that
heat. Disappointing for Mark English. He is a 1. 45 man. In a
race that's not quick, so well done. He is not going to go through, but
Nigel Amos, wonder if he can turn his silver into gold from the
Olympics to the World Championships in this stadium. It's good for Kyle
Langford because his time still leaves him in a good position to go
through as one of the fastest losers.
Here is a jump that happened during that race. Already had a PB in the
bag with 1. 86. Third attempt. Short approach. But proved too much for
the German. But a really good second event. And is very much in
contention for a medal across the two days of the heptathlon. Here is
the favourite, Thiam. Keeping herself warm. It has dropped in
temperature. We have had rain, some sunshine. She's used to this,
though. She armed herself so well in Rio. Was very much the champion in
every sense as another crack of thunder rattles around the Olympic
Stadium. No fouls so far. We are into the 90s. 1. 92. No athlete has
attempted this yet. We are in new ground in these World Championships.
Thiam clear, wow! Look at that. Pressure on and she delivers. Thiam,
a clean card. Exactly what she would have wanted. She fights it hard,
though. Might see her relax, if she's going to get towards two
metres which she knows she is capable of, maybe will have to tidy
that up a little. Lots of points going in the bag.
Well, the only other athlete who is still involved, Katarina
Johnson-Thompson went out at the previous height, in case you didn't
see it, and had a best of 1. 80, the Cuban Rodriguez, maybe a top ten
finisher overall, this is a strong event for her. She has a lifetime
best already at the previous height. So in new ground.
Good support from Thiam watching on. Oh, she looked well over that. Came
down on it. So Rodriguez looking good. Two more attempts to add that
tally to her score. Just the shot and the 200 metres to come today, a
busy day, a long day. The athletes have been out nearly two hours now
just for this second event, the high jump. Nafi Thiam going into the
lead, as expected. As that high jump and the heptathlon
draws eventually to a conclusion, although Thiam was going to go
higher, obviously, let's do a result of heat five before we go to the
final heat. And set up the situation for the fastest losers, Andrew.
Yeah, again not the quickest as Paula was saying, messy from all
concerned. Those times leave Kyle Langford still in a decent position,
although a strongish heat to come. It was a very strong last heat but
it's been made easier, but the big news here is that the Kenyan doesn't
start, he was overlooked, finished third in the trials and was annoyed
and posted on Facebook about it in a way that criticises the federation.
He was advanced into the event because of a withdrawal but he is
now not starting, I don't know what is going on so Saruni not here.
Brazier, I mentioned earlier. All men who would normally finish ahead
of Learmonth. But this guy can produce a big performance. He did it
at the British trials, finished second and then at the Diamond
League produced 1. 45 that guaranteed him selection. He thought
he wouldn't be able to do that then. Hats off to him. Going to be
interesting to see what he can do here. I wonder if he knows 1. 1.46.
38 would be good enough. Not in the top three here. You wouldn't expect
him to be. But this man, Donovan Brazier, the best talent for me to
come out of America at 800-metre, for a long time.
Mohammed Aman, a former world champion, now coached by Mark
Roland, based in the US, two-time world indoor champion. Not in that
sort of form these days but he is improving slightly. And will be a
threat here. Watch out for Donavan Brazier, a
very good American talent. It's not normal for Guy Learmonth to take it
out and make good pace, but anything decent, just run around 52 for the
first lap and give yourself a chance of 1.45, but I have horrible feeling
it could be slow. Brazier out in front. He is stretching it out. A
bit surprised to see that, Paula? Looking down the list I was thinking
who was likely to take it out, definitely not Brazier, Lewandowski
and Amel Tuka, but Donavan Brazier has taken it on and is doing Guy
Learmonth a favour, stretching it out and making it quick. Learmonth,
has a lovely action. 51.89 through the first 400. Brazier of the United
States, Guy Learmonth tucked in nicely in second. Danger line
further back with Amel Tuka, Aman and Lewandowski. Brazier is making
this a quick heat. The top three will go through here. Guy Learmonth
doing a great job and stop just looking at the screen. The danger is
still five metres behind. Brazier is there. Learmonth has to stay strong.
The attack will come. Amel Tuka is chasing. Lewandowski and Aman, has
to stay in the top three. Learmonth will hang on to third. Amel Tuka
finishes quickly as well. Well done to Guy Learmonth. And the difference
between him and Kyle Langford is that he got up there early. They
were already quicker than him in the home straight but he was ahead, in a
great position, following Brazier. Stayed strong in the home straight.
Great running from Brazier. Now let's start looking at the clock for
these qualifiers. Will his team-mates join him in the semis? We
have to look at the line. He threw himself at it. I think it's coming
out at 1:46.60. I don't want to say too soon but I think Langford is
through. A really strong race by Guy Learmonth. He had it laid out on a
little bit of a plate for him by Donavan Brazier, how he took the
race on and made the pace quick. But that race, at no point did he panic.
He used the screens to check what was coming behind him. The person
who misjudged the race was Lewandowski, who left himself with
far too much work to do in the home straight. Amel Tuka hasn't been as
in good shape this year but Lewandowski was too far back with
250 metres to go to run like that. If he runs like that in the next
end, he will not progress to the final. A great run from Guy
Learmonth. What a fantastic performance. It was
such a stacked field as well. To go through the way you did. A few
people were writing me off in big races. I know I can always raise my
game when I need to. The hardest part for me is just getting to this
Championships. Home games against, I love it and I will always run well.
I'm looking forward to the semifinal tomorrow. Steve Cram pointed out in
commentary that it is key when a pace picks up you are in the mix at
the end. Kyle Langford didn't do that earlier and you were able to do
it. Exactly, the last thing I wanted to do was get caught off the guard.
I wanted to go with pace and keep hanging in. I did that and I'm
happy. Well done and we wish you well for the semi.
Nafi Thiam at 1.9 five. First attempt, and she's got that as well!
That's a brilliant effort. In what have been fairly testing conditions.
Nafi Thiam getting close to a lifetime best. 1.95, stretching the
lead. She has already gone into the lead with her previous clearance of
1.92. Only two events into the seven, but that extends it. A huge
Branco for Nafi Thiam, the hijab, and she's making the most of it. --
a huge banker. -- the high jump. Set a Cuban record in Rio, the
22-year-old. Best look at that. Look at the celebration, that's what it
means to her. She knows, she knows the significance of that. With
athletes faltering. We have seen the Latvian go out, Kathryn Johnson
Thompson has also faltered in the high jump. Might be thinking of a
rostrum finish, Martinez. Rodriguez goes at 1.95. She is jumping well,
but not on that occasion. 1.95 might prove to be too much. But the young
Cuban is looking really good, it has to be said. Looking across her
lifetime best, she came into this with a lifetime best of 1.87 and now
she's attempting 1.95. It takes a bit of positive thinking, I would
imagine. STUDIO: It's turning into a
world-class high jump competition, just not with one of the competitors
we as British athletics fans, and unashamedly so today, hoped would be
there. But we have to celebrate these performances because Nafi
Thiam is producing the goods when it counts. She had a wobbly start when
it started by her standards, but she's out there now putting in some
fantastic points on her total. Her last attempt to shaky, but she
cleared it and she's looking strong out there. This is her clearing 1.9
five. It's getting close to her clear in her personal best. With
her, it's a strong event, but she's really relaxed. As Tony has
highlighted in commentary, is not the most majestic looking run-up.
She's not tidy over the bar, but she's effective. It's dynamic and
she works off the floor really hard. She snakes over the bar. By any
means necessary, the points don't lie. 1.95, a clean sheet. It's good
jumping. She takes those short strides as she comes in, like Fred
Flintstone with his bowling ball. But she elevates really well and
gets up. We just heard some cheering... I think Rodriguez has
just gone clear at 1.98... 95? I think it would be 95. We will have a
look at that in a second. We were hoping for a head to head in the
high jump. It's Rodriguez and Nafi Thiam. Let's see Rodriguez at 1.95.
Denise, talk us through her technique... COMMENTATOR: Rodriguez
looking really solid here. This really helps Nafi Thiam. We have a
head to head from an athlete we didn't expect. She is in new
territory. The coaches are going absolutely crazy. 1.95 for the
Cuban. A massive lifetime best, equalling the championship best of
Karol Linetty what -- Carolina coughed. Rodriguez, equalling what
Nafi Thiam, the greatest ever high jumper in her talent, has done. This
really helps Nafi Thiam, it slows down and she doesn't have to follow
herself into the next heights. A little bit of time, put the
tracksuit on and compose herself. The bar will be raised and the next
attempt will be at 1.98 to match last year's clearance for Nafi
Thiam. STUDIO: Smiling, looking relaxed and ready to go. We will get
back out there when Nafi Thiam headset. We will sadly see Katarina
Johnson-Thompson go out, failing at 1.8 six. She cleared 1.8, opted not
to go at 1.8 three. Talk us through this, Jess. Is something I did a lot
in my career, backing into the bar. She did you get to clear it.
Anticipating too much, turning her shoulders into the bar and trying to
clear before she had the hiked. Her second attempt was a lot better. She
cleared it with a really good clearance. She doesn't get close to
clearing that. She has waited 90 minutes between the 1.8, missing
1.83, having to get herself wonder began. Should be thinking this is
bread-and-butter for her, Tony? See that little stutter step. What they
have done is soft on the curve. Her curve now goes further out from the
bar. The feet tickled them off. By softening the curve she is more
stuck up, carrying more speed across the feet and travelling along the
bar. You don't have time to rotate down. We can head back out there
with Steve Backley for Nafi Thiam's attempt at 1.98. COMMENTATOR: A
slightly smaller crowd than we had earlier but still good support for
the Belgian, Nafi Thiam. This is to match her lifetime best. Too much.
Perhaps a bit of a sighter. Interesting to see another look at
this. Looks like she might have got too close, a common error. Might
have got crowded. Funny when the bias towards these heights, things
change. Hard to tell from that angle. Didn't see enough of it.
Interesting to here from the guys in the studio. Nafi Thiam trying to
make the technical adjustments. She will have two more attempts. This is
where it plays into her favour to have another competitor involved. We
were hoping it might be Katarina Johnson-Thompson, but it's Rodriguez
of Cuba, who I think might have retired having got clear of 1.95. So
Nafi Thiam will be next up to follow herself and have the second attempt
at 1.98. Needs to compose now and make those adjustments, lock them
in. We know she is capable, she knows she is capable. She will have
a little pause before her second attempt. STUDIO: Well Nafi Thiam
collector Saban gets ready for the second attempt at 1.98, we can see
Katarina Johnson-Thompson's third attempt at 1.80. She cleared this
fight at 14, she has been taking this for 14 years. This is normally
so straightforward, Denise? Her third attempt at 1.86. Again we see
the skip at the take-off. I think she was too close and should have
stayed away. Tony has talked about the technique of high jump, you have
to fight the resistance of taking off before you jump. You have to try
to float, feel hanged time over the bar, float over, and she didn't do
that. That kind of hanged time saw Nafi Thiam get to this position. She
at 1.9 eight. Steve Backley can this. COMMENTATOR: Denise Lewis says
air time. She has to float. Nafi Thiam with her second attempt
at 1.98 and that was a better attempt, but still a fair way off.
She maybe needs the impetus of a third attempt, that bit of spice to
know it's your last chance to put a fire into the take-off. It's gone a
little bit flat for her. But one last attempt for Nafi Thiam.
STUDIO: What a competitor she is. Like the rest of the field, she
still has five more events to go after this, but she wants to push
yourself to a PB and get herself in a really great mindset as she moves
through the day, Jess? If she moves on knowing she has attempted in
clear that height successfully, if she feels she can do that again,
there's no point in stopping now. If you have one more attempt, you go
for it and try to accumulate as many points as you can. Talking about the
mental side of Johnson-Thompson's day. She looked quite pleased with
herself after the hurdles, solid start, looking happy enough. Going
into the high jump, an event where she is world-class. She has entered
the individual competition, as has Nafi Thiam. A long way between the
first clearance and 1.86, lying down and relaxing, we don't normally see
those shots, but it might happen all the time. What is going on in their
mind at that point It is important to visualise what
you have to do, not getting too involved with what's happening in
the stadium, because that can be draining when you are watching
competitors run around. She would have been thinking about technique
and relaxation. When it's time to go, you have to get yourself in the
moment, dynamic and active and I think she did look a bit soft, she
didn't seem to have the fire in her legs for some reason. She's got the
ankle strapping on but I don't think that really impacted her. There was
total and utter disbelief at this point because any day of the week
Katarina Johnson-Thompson can get over 1. 86. She can do it off short
approach. Her coaches won't have seen this. The 1. 89 was in Beijing
and she almost had to jump off one foot to clear the bar because she
was on her third athement. That's right, it was. -- third attempt.
None of the two run-ups were the same.
COMMENTATOR: Nafi Thiam. Too close. Leaned in. Wasn't to be. But a very
good effort in going clear at 1. 95. Masses of points. And the rest of
the world, other than Rodriguez of Cuba, faltered somewhat. Thiam going
well after two events. Way out in front. Maybe would have wanted a bit
more. Scored over 7,000 points. The coach watching on. But Thiam, well,
it's all about medals here at the World Championships, she has that
high score and has broken through 7,000 points. Her heptathlon is
going very well indeed after two events.
STUDIO: Nafi Thiam doing herself no harm there in terms of the
standings. We will look at those right now. Steve, talk us through
those. Yeah, we can see the points. 1171,
Thiam and Rodriguez. You can see the difference with every height. You
reduce in points. Way down here, as we see below the 1,000 points.
200 points down for Katarina Johnson-Thompson. Tony said she can
still get a medal, she has to believe, but it's about accumulating
points and that's what Thiam is so good at. These are just the points
for the second event. We add them to the hurdles, the
first event from earlier this morning and two 7ths of our way
through the heptathlon, the shot is the first event of the second
session - the first session set. Thiam ahead of Rodriguez and Schafer
in third. Katarina Johnson-Thompson just losing ground there. Needs a
big long jump tomorrow morning. Only two events and a lot of
athletics to come for these hepathletes.
STUDIO: Now it's about how she gets ready mentally and on to tomorrow.
This is a big test. It has been in the past, the mental
side, this is going to test her in a different way than last year. She's
going to have to gather herself and make sure she comes back strong for
the shot put and she has a great 200 so she can hopefully run a strong
time there. Like Tony said, it's not over yet. We still have five more
events to go. It's still quite open for the medals. Thiam is doing
incredibly well and she's bang on for a gold. Schafer is looking good
for silver but the bronze is still open. It's going to be a scrap. It
will be, definitely. She will have to dig deep and find something
inside herself she's not managed to do before. Let's not underestimate
the challenge. She's going from a really good event, a strong event,
that's gone badly, going into an event that in hasn't gone well, that
takes a lot of fight. This is where we will see the character of
Katarina Johnson-Thompson, whether she has learned to deal with
disappointment within the heptathlon and manufacture on very quickly
because she's going to need it tonight. -- and move on. I asked you
if you had a bad high jump and gone on to do well and Denise said, the
Olympics, when I won gold, she didn't say when I won gold, but I
knew what she meant. You had a bad high jump that day. I had a disaster
for me in the high jump. I had been injured as everyone knows, it's well
documented. But I still believed I could jump well. You need to be over
the 80s, to have a realistic fighting chance. I didn't do it. My
attitude into the shot put and it was a good event for me, I was going
to transform myself into one of the best shot putters in the heptathlon
competition. That mindset has to be strong. Yes, it can be done. It's
not over yet. She's still in 5th place. Let's look, Tony, give us a
comment on this. This is her PBs. We are talking about emotional sides
and things like that. Let's take the emotion out and look at the logic.
She is still capable of 65 or 66 at this point. Rodriguez has moved up
but still five events to go. So, she probably isn't going to get a huge
lot more points out of today. I think the long jump, the javelin and
the 800 tomorrow are places she can pick up the slack, get over 6600 and
put herself in a frame for a medal. Schafer can be erratic. You can
still put people under pressure. You are still in there. Let's look at
the logic, that's what I would do as a coach. It's gone, this is what we
need to do. Use the crowd and the energy here. There was so much
support for her here today. Once she had gone out of the high jump, a few
people went for an early lunch. They were hoping for a big battle between
those two. This stadium is full of 60,000
people, every single one is a Katarina Johnson-Thompson fan, use
that energy if you want. Have the logic, understand what performances
you need to put together. This isn't over. It's a seven-event
competition, not two events. Absolutely, it's not about points at
this stage. It's about medals. We can talk about the crowd and using
that to your advantage, but it has to be about her character now. It
has to be about her fight and what she believes is possible. If she
hangs on to the baggage of what's happened, she's going to compromise
the rest of her help tat lan. -- heptathlon. What advice would you
give her Step back, put it to one side and go into the shot put and
fight for it. We are looking at it as if all the other athletes will
perform brilliantly in every event, that might not be the case. That
puts Kat back in contention Father a medal. I would tell her to get
herself together, take time and come out strong for this evening. Taking
you back to last night, what a night we had here in this stadium on day
one. Mo Farah's 10,000 metre victory was special. An incredible race.
Adding to his global haul making it ten medals now, ten golds, of
course. The morning after the night before who do you really want to
talk -- Brendan Foster, of course, but let's remind you how he did it.
In front of his home crowd in the city he knows so well, the city that
he loves. The track that set him on this brilliant journey. It's never
been as quick as this. It's never been as hard as this. This is
phenomenal racing. The British best. He is a one man world superpower!
It's gold for Farah! Congratulations. That was a
fantastic performance last night. It was a pleasure to be there. Early
part of the race, it's going reasonably quickly. You are kind of
guessing there was going to be pace-making, did you, because you
were close, you normally go to the back. Yes, I was pretty close this
year, I knew something was going to happen because the last ten years
they've been saying how they're going to beat me and what they need
to do. They never follow. Now fair play to them, they followed this
year and made it one of the toughest championships of my career. I
suppose you concentrate on running lap after lap and you were busy
doing this. I am telling people, I have the whole nation behind me,
what do you have to help me out. 3,000 to go, were you beginning to
hurt then? I was hurting. 3,000 metres I was hurting, I was tired
and there was a lot of stuff, a lot of elbows, physically that race was
a bit crazy. At which point, when you went to the front, a couple of
laps to go, that was going to be your race then? That was going to be
my race. 800 metres to go, nearly got a couple of trips, from that
point I was like, they are not going fast enough to beat me, try to just
control it where you feel good and where you have something left for
the last lap and go for it, that was always my plan. When you crossed the
line, tell us. It was beautiful, I really enjoyed it. That one moment
can't be forgotten. It won't be forgotten, Mo, it was a great race.
No matter what, a big race in a few days' time? If I believe enough,
it's possible. Do you believe it enough? Yeah. Physically are you OK?
You have a few scratches, wounds. A few bruises, have to take care of
it, I have to rest and get ready and whatever happens, happens, it's a
new race. Nice specs by the way, Mo Farah!
Loving those! Tonight it's another legend of the sport, THE legend of
the sport. Usain Bolt to take centre stage.
You don't want to miss that. Join us for that this evening. A quick recap
on things that happened here. We have put the heptathlon to bed for
now. The 80 metres, the British men, all making it through -- 800.
Langford was in the first of the British men to run and came through
as a fastest loser. Well done to them. Sophie Hitchin, with that
fantastic 73. 05 making it through in the hammer. Easily, one throw,
job done. Great to see her. I am optimistic for her in the final.
Good morning's action, long enough for you? Everyone ready for lunch? I
want you all back here after the afternoon nap, fresh and ready to
go. 6. 30pm we will be back here on BBC One. Tonight really is going to
be an incredible evening. A super Saturday to beat them all. Usain
Bolt appearing on the track in a major championship for the very last
time. We know you want to join us, see you at 6. 30 on BBC One.
It's gold for Usain Bolt! He has done it again! A new world record.
Gabby Logan introduces comprehensive coverage of the second day's action at the World Championships as Katarina Johnson-Thompson begins her bid to succeed the retired Jessica Ennis-Hill as champion.
The 24-year-old has yet to turn her immense promise into major outdoor medals, but she has benefited from a move to France and set a personal best of 6,691 points in the run-up to these World Championships. She expects to make a strong start in the sprint hurdles and high jump. Nonetheless, more athletes have emerged to fill the void left by the retired Ennis-Hill and Brianne Theisen-Eaton, and Olympic champion Nafissatou Thiam recently became the first heptathlete in a decade to score more than 7,000 points.
There are plenty of other Brits in action, including European indoor champion Asha Philip in the women's 100m first round, Olympic finalist Matthew Hudson-Smith in the men's 400m heats and Rio 2016 bronze medallist Sophie Hitchon in hammer qualification.
The commentary team is led by Steve Cram, with expert analysis from Michael Johnson, Denise Lewis and Colin Jackson.