Katarina Johnson-Thompson bounces back to reach world long jump final

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Katarina Johnson-Thompson bounced back from her heptathlon ‘walk of shame’ by leaping into the long jump final at the World Championships in Beijing. Johnson-Thompson was compelled to finish the heptathlon if she wanted to take part in the long jump, despite her podium chances having gone, and she ambled around the track in the 800m, the final event, as she saved her legs for the days ahead. When people were nice to me that’s when I started to get upset.

 

 

  • Charlie Grice and Chris O’Hare progressed smoothly to the 1500m semis, Grice finishing fourth in his heat in 3:43.21 and O’Hare fifth in his in 3:38.43. Steph Twell qualified for the final of the 5,000m as a fastest loser, coming home 13th in her heat in 15:34.72. But neither Isobel Pooley nor Morgan Lake qualified for the high jump final, with both unable to clear higher than 1.89m.
  • American-born sisters Tiffany Porter and Cindy Ofili advanced to the semi-finals of the 100m hurdles, but in contrasting fashions.
  • Johnson-Thompson described the past few days as ‘really hard’, but said words of support from Greg Rutherford had helped.

 

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