Liverpool’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson in driving seat heading into day two

Katarina Johnson-Thompson

Katarina Johnson-Thompson enjoyed a sensational opening day of the World Athletics Championship as she delivered two personal bests to open up a 96-point lead over defending champion, Nafissatou Thiem.

The Merseyside-born athlete was victorious in the 100m hurdles, as she came in at an impressive 13.09 seconds, knocking an incredible 0.21 seconds off her previous personal best.

She cleared 1.95cm in the high jump before 13.86m in the shot put, a 71cm improvement, setting yet another best.

The 26-year-old’s day then got even better as she ran 23.08 in her 200m heats to put herself firmly in control.

“I’ve still got three events to negotiate but to end the day on top after a not great 200m, I’m happy to be on top.”, the athlete told BBC Sport.

Heading into the final three disciplines on Thursday, Johnson-Thompson holds a significant advantage over Thiam and is nine points better off than last year’s European Championships where the Brit held an 87-point lead over the Belgian but eventually came out second best as Thiam claimed victory by 57 points.