Day 2, Part 1 Athletics: World Championships

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Day 2, Part 1

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.