Thiam on top in heptathlon
LONDON: Olympic champion Nafi Thiam soared into the lead of the heptathlon at the IAAF World Championships in London yesterday. The Belgian university student cleared 1.95m in the high jump to end the morning’s session on 2,215 points, eight ahead of Cuban Yorgelis Rodriguez, who improved her high jump best by 8cm as she matched Thiam. Dutchwoman Nadine Visser topped times for the opening 100m hurdles, Thiam chipping in with the 11th fastest time. Britain’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson was sixth in the hurdles, but flopped badly in the high jump, managing a best of only 1.80m, far off her personal best of 1.98m. The heptathletes round off later with the shot put and 200m, before tackling the long jump, javelin and 800m today.