Katarina Johnson-Thompson

Katarina Johnson-Thompson’s greatest throw within the javelin was 15m lower than rival Nafissatou Thiam’s greatest effort
Athletics European Championships
Venue: Olympic Stadium, Berlin. Dates: 7-12 August
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Nice Britain’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson is second within the heptathlon within the European Championships in Berlin with solely the 800 metres remaining.

Johnson-Thompson started day two with an 87-point lead over Belgium’s Nafissatou Thiam and the Briton prolonged that to 113 factors after the lengthy bounce.

Nonetheless, Thiam, 23, impressed within the javelin to take a lead of 192 factors.

She threw a championship report of 57.91m, whereas Johnson-Thompson, 25, set a brand new private better of 42.16m.

After six of the seven occasions, Thiam has 5,984 factors, Johnson-Thompson is on 5,792 and Germany’s Carolin Schafer is third with 5,704.

The competitors concludes with the 800m at 19:36 BST because the Briton, who received the Commonwealth Video games gold medal in April, goals to win her first medal at an out of doors European Championships.

She is on target to beat her private greatest occasion tally of 6,691, which she set in Gotzis in Austria in Could 2017.

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European Championships 2018: Katarina Johnson-Thompson ends day one main heptathlon

On Thursday, Johnson-Thompson recorded season’s greatest performances in two of the opening three occasions with a time of 13.34 seconds within the 100m hurdles and an effort of 13.09 metres within the shot put.

Within the second occasion, the excessive bounce, she cleared 1.91m to equal her greatest efficiency of 2018 and her main lengthy bounce effort was solely two centimetres off her greatest this 12 months.

Can KJT snatch gold in closing occasion?

Thiam, the reigning Olympic and world champion, holds a 192-point lead however her private greatest for 800m is 2 minutes 15.24 seconds, in comparison with 2:07.64 for Johnson-Thompson.

With the athletes capable of work out what they should do within the closing occasion to realize or defend a medal, the 800m can develop into very tactical.

Toni Minichiello, who coached Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill to world and Olympic gold, instructed BBC Sport: “Private bests could be a little deceptive right here as heptathletes run to necessity somewhat than their most.

“Thiam did not run as quick as she might have at London 2017 as a result of there was no necessity to do it. She produced 2.21, however is able to 2.15.

“KJT has latched onto different individuals up to now and, if somebody paces it for her, she is able to working seven or eight seconds faster than Thiam.

“A seven-second distinction is price simply over 100 factors.”

Britain impress in males’s relay

The British quartet of Cameron Chalmers, Dwayne Cowan, Rabih Yousif and Martyn Rooney set the perfect time from any European crew this 12 months within the males’s 4x400m relay. Their time of three minutes 01.62 seconds noticed them qualify for Saturday’s closing and Britain will even be capable of name on 400m finalist Matthew Hudson-Smith within the closing.

The ladies’s crew of Zoey Clark, Finette Agyapong, Mary Abichi and Emily Diamond completed second of their warmth to qualify for the ladies’s 4x400m relay closing.

Britain’s Laura Muir and Laura Weightman each superior to Sunday’s closing within the girls’s 1500m. Muir received her warmth in a time of 4:09.12, whereas Weightman was second in her warmth however recorded a sooner time of 4:08.74.

Adam Hague produced a profession greatest effort of 5.61m to qualify for the lads’s pole vault closing and Sophie Hitchon’s throw of 68.69m took her into the ladies’s hammer closing, with each finals on Sunday.

Rosie Clarke got here fourth in her warmth to maneuver into Sunday’s closing of the ladies’s 3,000m steeplechase.

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