In the first discipline of the second day, Nafissatou Thiam took back the overall lead in the heptathlon and opened up a comfortable margin over her opponents.
German rival Carolin Schafer led at the end of day one and could have potentially applied pressure on the Belgian with a big jump. But Thiam produced the best mark of the day – farther than long jump specialists Claudia Salman-Rath and Katarina Johnson-Thompson – with a final-round leap of 6.57m, just one centimetre shy of her PB.
Thiam now tops the leader board with 5044, 96 points ahead of Schafer, who produced a best of 6.20m, some 37 centimetres down on her recent PB.
Johnson-Thompson flew out to 6.56m, equalling her best ever leap in a major championships heptathlon. It moved the Briton up one place to third overall.
But Yorgelis Rodriguez and Anouk Vetter also remain in medal contention. Cuba’s Rodriguez jumped 6.23m, while Vetter sailed out to 6.32m. They sit fourth and fifth overall respectively, but have better javelin PBs than Johnson-Thompson and will likely move up the standings ahead of the 800m.
Salman-Rath produced one of the top jumps of the morning with 6.55m, but the German was some way short of the form that took her to an outright PB of 6.94m earlier this year and no longer looks likely to challenge for a medal.
Jon Mulkeen for the IAAF