NAFISSATOU THIAM was not anywhere near her best and did not set any PBs but still won comfortably with a score of 6784.
The 22-year-old Belgian’s strength in the jumps (1.95m and 6.57m) and throws
(15.17m and 53.93m) made up for her weak running form.
Carolin Schafer, who was far better in the runs, led overnight and was second.
Under a new French coaching set up, Katarina Johnson-Thompson looked more relaxed than in past championships.
However, she seemed not to have made any improvements in her weak throwing events and also had a terrible setback in the high jump, going no higher than her opening height of 1.80m. Just 1.89m would have got her a medal and a repeat of her high jump final 1.95m, a silver, and she may have been close enough to Thiam to have found more on the second day.
Her solo 22.86 200m win though was a highlight and note two athletes made the individual final with a 22.85.
She was around half a second quicker than two of the three Brits who ran the 200m.
With unusually no Canadians and Australians present, only two Commonwealth athletes competed.
Nafissatou Thiam: in hot form again