Katarina Johnson-Thompson in the heptathlon 200m at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Getty Images) © Copyright
Report Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Report: heptathlon 200m – Rio 2016 Olympic Games

After a disappointing shot put, Katarina Johnson-Thompson ended her day on a high by recording the fastest time in the heptathlon 200m.

Drawn in lane six in the fastest heat, Johnson-Thompson led coming off the bend and maintained her form through the end, crossing the line in 23.26. Although it was shy of her 22.79 PB she set earlier this year, it moved her up from sixth to fourth place and brought her overall tally to 3957, her best ever day-one score.

Jessica Ennis-Hill finished within a stride or two of her teammate, crossing the line in 23.49. It meant the Briton regained the overall lead, ending the day with 4057, 52 points higher than her day-one score from last year’s World Championships.

Nafissatou Thiam dropped from first to second overall after clocking 25.10 in the 200m. But her score of 3985 is easily her best ever first-day tally and will set her up to be in medal contention.

Brianne Theisen-Eaton’s chances of a medal could be in jeopardy after the Canadian crossed the line in 24.18 in her 200m heat, dropping to sixth place overall. The world indoor champion will likely make up ground in the long jump and 800m tomorrow, but European champion Anouk Vetter and Carolin Schafer – who are seventh and fifth overall after recording 23.93 and 23.99 respectively – and Thiam will also be battling it out for a medal.

Jon Mulkeen for the IAAF