Heptathlete clears 1.94m to better her own junior high jump record on day one of the World Junior Championships
Britain’s Morgan Lake leads the heptathlon competition after four events with a national junior high jump record of 1.94m helping her on her way to a 3821 point tally at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene, USA.
The 17-year-old sits 169 points ahead of Netherlands’ Nadine Visser, who ran 13.24 in the first event – the 100m hurdles – to miss her national junior record by just 0.03, overnight.
After clocking 14.29 in the 100m hurdles, a time just 0.04 off her personal best, Lake added one centimetre to the national junior high jump record she set earlier this year in Loughborough. It is the best ever clearance by a junior heptathlete and a mark which would have been enough to win the individual event at all bar two of the previous editions of the World Juniors. She went on to try 1.97m, which would have been British senior record as well as a world youth record, but she failed her three attempts.
She threw 14.17m in the shot before clocking 24.64 in the 200m, a time just 0.05 off her personal best. Germany’s world youth champion Celina Leffler went the quickest over half a lap with a 23.90 PB.
Describing her first day as ‘solid’, Lake said: “The hurdles wasn’t really as fast as I’d wanted it to be but I wasn’t too far off my PB, then the high jump was a big surprise getting a personal best and British junior record which I was really happy with. The shot put was solid as well and so was the 200m.”
Australia’s Cedric Dubler leads the decathlon after five events. With personal bests in three events he has 4329 points at the half way stage. Britain’s David Hall ran PBs in the 100m and 400m helping him on his way to a total of 4016 points to sit 11th.
The first gold of the championships went to Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei as he clocked 28:32.86 to win the 10,000m.
Among the other British athletes in action on day one, Dina Asher-Smith and Desiree Henry ran 11.18 and 11.37 respectively in the 100m heats – Asher-Smith’s time the fastest of the day, just 0.06 off the championship record and 0.04 off her PB.
David Omoregie was another fastest qualifier as he ran 13.24 in the 110m hurdles to again miss the championship record by just 0.06. France’s Wilhem Belocian, with whom Omoregie has been trading the European junior record this season (Belocian currently holding it with 13.15), ran 13.40 for the second quickest time of the first round.
His fellow Brits Ojie Edoburun and Reuben Arthur clocked 10.43 and 10.44 respectively to progress through to the 100m semi finals, Jack Crosby (46.48 PB) and Elliott Rutter also advanced in the 400m, while Kimberley Reid made the final of the hammer with a best of 58.57m.
» Full results from day one can be found here