World Championships 2019 - Johnson-Thompson leads Thiam after heptathlon first day at Worlds
Katarina Johnson-Thompson produced two personal bests to leave her well-placed to fight for heptathlon gold at the World Championships in Doha.
Britain's Katarina Johnson-Thompson reacts as she competes in the Women's Shot Put Heptathlon heats at the 2019 IAAF Athletics World Championships at the Khalifa International stadium in Doha on October 2, 2019. (Photo by ANDREJ ISAKOVIC / AFP) (Photo by
Johnson-Thompson added her second best-ever effort of the day in the shot put, a traditional weakness for the 26-year-old, as she threw 13.86m to minimise the ground she lost to Thiam.
She could not add another PB in the 200m, coming home in 23.08, but she will still take a 96-point lead over reigning Olympic and world champion Thiam into Thursday after producing the fourth-best first day heptathlon score of all-time.
"The hurdles time has been a long time coming because I've been stuck around 13.3 for years but I never in a million years expected 13.09," Johnson-Thompson said.
"It was really important to end the day on top. To do that after not a great 200m, which hasn't been great all year... that's something to improve on next year!"
DOHA, QATAR - OCTOBER 02: Katarina Johnson-Thompson of Great Britain competes in the Women's Heptathlon Shot Put during day six of 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 at Khalifa International Stadium on October 02, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Phot
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Thiam meanwhile will have to out-jump Johnson-Thompson by more than a foot if she wants to level things up in the long jump but could not fault her own performances on the first day.
"Everything was good but it could have been better, in the high jump for example. [But] there was no event where I screwed it up," Thiam said.
"Everything was decent though, I'm happy and we'll see tomorrow."