The World Athletics Championships 2023
Location: Budapest Dates: August 19-27
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At the World Championships in Budapest, British heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson is positioned to start the heptathlon’s last event in the gold medal spot.
The 2019 champion surpassed Anna Hall, the favorite, in the long jump, then set a personal record in the javelin throw with a distance of 46.14m, widening her overall lead to 26 points.
Olympic and world silver medalist Anouk Vetter is in second place, with American Hall lagging 43 points behind in third.
Johnson-Thompson’s attempt for gold will take place in an exciting 800m battle at 17:00 BST.
The 30-year-old’s best time in the 800m, which was 2 minutes 7.26 seconds when winning her world title in Doha, is more than 10 seconds quicker than Vetter’s but 4.29 seconds slower than Hall’s remarkable 2:02.97. Her lead over Hall equates to roughly a two-and-a-half-second advantage.
Meanwhile, British runners Dina Asher-Smith and Daryll Neita advanced safely from their 100m heats.
Asher-Smith, the six-time world medalist and 2019 200m champion, finished second behind American Brittany Brown (11.01) with a time of 11.04 seconds, while Neita followed medal prospect Julian Alfred (10.99) over the line in 11.03 seconds. Sadly, team-mate Imani-Lara Lansiquot was disqualified after a false start.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Shericka Jackson, Sha’Carri Richardson, and Marie-Josee Ta Lou all advanced, winning their heats in an event that’s still very much up for grabs.
Matthew Hudson-Smith secured a season-best time of 44.69 seconds, finishing second to 400m world record holder Wayde van Niekerk. South Africa’s two-time champion qualified as the second fastest (44.57) for the semi-finals.
In the women’s races, Victoria Ohuruogu and Ama Pipi both moved ahead, coming in second in their heats with times of 50.60 and 50.81 respectively.
Tade Ojora won his men’s 110m hurdles heat, qualifying fifth fastest for the semi-finals with a time of 13.32 seconds.
The push for gold by Johnson-Thompson continues to be a ‘joyous’ effort.
Johnson-Thompson ran the competition’s leading 200m time of 23.48 seconds, rising to second after the first day, and kept her momentum, adding pressure on last year’s bronze medalist.
Her exceptional performance in the long jump, leaping 6.54m, put her 19 points ahead of Hall. After achieving a lifetime best in the javelin, she was seen in disbelief.
Hall’s potential has been evident as she accumulated the fifth-highest points total ever (6,988) in May, though she hasn’t exhibited her dominant form in this championship, but a season-best javelin throw of 44.88m keeps her in the race.
The British athlete’s chase for her first worldwide medal in four difficult years, disrupted by injuries, is still on track, as she also holds a 122-point lead over fourth-placed German Sophie Weissenberg.
Former world champion Denise Lewis expressed her admiration on BBC TV, saying, “It’s just joyous to see, from where she has been mentally and physically, that Katarina is in with a realistic shot of a gold medal.”
Lewis added, praising Johnson-Thompson’s resilience, “It’s going to be a great tussle. It’s what you want to see. Katarina has given herself every opportunity. She has won the mental battle, which for me has been quite sublime… I’m really proud of her.”
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Decathlon
What is the context of this text?
This text provides an overview of the ongoing events at the World Athletics Championships 2023, focusing on the heptathlon competition and Katarina Johnson-Thompson’s leading position.
Who is Katarina Johnson-Thompson?
Katarina Johnson-Thompson is a British heptathlete and reigning champion who is competing in the World Championships. She has showcased remarkable performances in various events.
What is the heptathlon?
The heptathlon is a combined track and field event for women, consisting of seven different disciplines: 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200m, long jump, javelin throw, and 800m.
How is Johnson-Thompson performing in the competition?
Johnson-Thompson is leading the heptathlon after excelling in events like the long jump and javelin throw. Her consistent performances have placed her in a strong position for the gold medal.
What is the significance of the 800m showdown?
The 800m event is the final and decisive challenge in the heptathlon. Johnson-Thompson’s performance in this event will determine whether she can secure the gold medal.
Who are the other notable competitors?
Anna Hall, an American athlete, was a favorite, but Johnson-Thompson’s strong performances have put her ahead. Anouk Vetter, an Olympic and world silver medalist, is also in contention.
How has Johnson-Thompson’s journey been so far?
What other events are covered in the text?
The text briefly mentions the progress of British runners Dina Asher-Smith and Daryll Neita in the 100m heats, as well as updates on other athletes and races in the championship.
What are the expectations for the remainder of the championship?
The championship promises intense competition in various events, with Johnson-Thompson’s heptathlon battle and other races creating an atmosphere of excitement and unpredictability.