World Athletics Championships: Katarina Johnson-Thompson makes dream start in heptathlon

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By Saj Chowdhury
BBC Sport in Doha
Since she opened a 96-point lead katarina Johnson-Thompson produced two personal bests.
The Briton has 4,138 points after four events with the Belgian second (4,042) along with Kendell Williams third party (3,855).
The 26-year-old acquired her 100m hurdles race at 13.09 minutes – shooting 0.21secs off her previous best.
Her large leap was 1.95cm prior to 13.86m in the shot put – a 71cm improvement.
Johnson-Thompson then ran 23.08 in her 200m heat to regain the lead going into the final few areas on Thursday.
To end the day at top is really important, Johnson-Thompson told BBC Sport. I have still got three events to reconcile but to end the day in addition to a not wonderful 200m, Im delighted to be on top.
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The Liverpool athlete advantage over Thiam is a small improvement on last seasons European Championships, even though Thiam proceeded to win the name by 57 points, where the lead has been 87 points.
Observing the shot put, British Sydney 2000 champion Denise Lewis told BBC Sport:Weve seen her face so glum for so many decades so to conquer it here is simply fantastic. Shes currently demonstrating that she is a rival. Shes ready.
Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, the former world and Olympic heptathlon champion of Britain, said that she was impressed with Johnson-Thompsons start to the contest.
Thats how you wish to start a heptathlon, said the 33-year-old. She got into her halfway and running down the track that you saw her enter her rhythm.
I nearly thought Thiam was going backward, but Kat was just pulling away from her
It was a mens hammer for Briton Nick Miller. He came to the event ranked fourth on earth, but the Carlisle-born 26-year-old only managed 75.31m as he finished 10th.
He later lodged an appeal from a foul given for his second throw of the evening, which if successful could have driven him into a decoration place.
However the decision to call a foul throw was declared by a jury panel.
Elsewhere, Great Yarmouths Sophie McKinna celebrated hugely as she booked her place at Thursdays shot put closing with 18.61m – the sixth best effort in qualifying and almost 40cm better than her previous best.
Im not speechless but I am speechless today, stated the 25-year-old, who celebrated by running round the trail.
Because of thrower, you usually understand when you let go of this in case it is a good throw. I didnt anticipate that.
For a final and play to the best of my skill in a World Championships – it means the entire world.
Laura Muir eased into the 1500m semi-finals, although fellow Scot Eilish McColgan was just another member of the Great Britain team to impress as she qualified for Saturdays 5,000m final as fourth fastest with a time of 14 minutes 55.79 seconds – fewer than eight seconds shy of her personal best.
Team-mate Laura Weightman, trained by former world champion and BBC commentator Steve Cram, was fifth in her heat and made it through, nonetheless Jessica Judd missed out.
Defending champion Hellen Obiri of Kenya has been the fastest qualifier.
From the mens 110m hurdles final, Jamaicas defending winner Omar McLeod dropped as he seemed to challenge pioneer Grant Holloway within the final set of barriers.
The 21-year-old American remained on his toes to triumph in 13.10 minutes. Russian 2015 champion Sergey Shubenkov took French and silver European champion Pascal Martinot-Lagarde won bronze.
World indoor 60m hurdles winner had earlier failed to qualify for the final.
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