Olympic24: Johnson-Thompson makes long jump final; England through to semis

Olympic24: Johnson-Thompson makes long jump final; England through to semis

27 August 2015 / 06:32

Great Britain trio through to long jump final at World Championships while England’s women progress to EuroHockey semi-final. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours. 

  • Katarina Johnson-Thompson through to long jump final after heptathlon disappointment
  • Dina Asher-Smith qualifies fastest for the 200m semi-finals with personal best in Beijing
  • England women set up semi-final clash with Spain while Scotland’s women pick up a 3-1 win over Italy
  • Mahama Cho ready for podium finishes as hard work starts to pay off
  • Jakob Hoi happy with badminton World Championship showing
  • Alex Young delighted to have made headway into Great Britain’s senior team

Johnson-Thompson among long jump finalists at World Championships

Katarina Johnson-Thompson bounced back from her heptathlon disappointment as she became one of three Britons to make their way safely through to the long jump final at the World Championships in Beijing.

Lorraine Ugen was the pick of the bunch with a leap of 6.87m while Johnson-Thompson recorded a jump of 6.79m and Shara Proctor hit 6.68m.

Elsewhere Tiffany Porter and sister Cindy Ofili made safe progress through to the 100m hurdles semi-finals.

Porter clocked an impressive 12.67 to finish as the second fastest qualifier while Ofili crossed in 12.97.

“I’m always so nervous for the first round and I am just happy I was able to execute a decent race and get through to the next round,” Porter told British Athletics.

“That’s really special (on her and Cindy making it through). She was really nervous but I was really nervous, so I am just so glad we were both able to make it to the next round because ultimately that’s the most important thing.”

In the men's 1500m Charlie Grice and Chris O'Hare both came through their heats to book spots in the semi-final while Steph Twell made it through to the 5000m final.

However, there was disappointment in the high jump as Isobel Pooley and Morgan Lake both crashed out in the qualifying stages. 

Asher-Smith: Plenty of work left to do in Beijing


Dina Asher-Smith is refusing to get carried away despite producing a brilliant run to finish as the fastest qualifier from her 200m heat at the World Championships in Beijing.

Asher-Smith came across the line in 22.22 seconds to set a lifetime best, but looked like she had an extra gear to call on.

That time, however, was just 0.13 seconds shy of Kathy Cook’s 31-year-old British record which could be broken during tomorrow’s semi-finals.

“I’ve still got to qualify for the final, to even be a medal contender so even when you get there, each of the eight on the line have equal chance so thanks for the compliment but I still have a lot of work to do.”

Bianca Williams and Margaret Adeoye will also run in Thursday’s semi-finals while Zharnel Hughes will go in the 200m final. 

Danson hat-trick downs Germany as England top Pool B


Lily Owsley believes England showed that they are serious contenders for the EuroHockey title after a brilliant 4-1 win over Germany at Lee Valley saw them top Pool B.

Sophie Bray got England going after just two minutes, before Alex Danson netted a hat-trick to set up a semi-final clash with Spain.

Bray’s goal from the first meaningful attack was a dream start for England before Danson doubled the lead a minute later.

England led 2-0 at half time but Germany found a way back into the match in the third quarter, when Kristina Hillmann’s flick found its way past Maddie Hinch.

But it was false hope for the Germans as Danson completed her hat-trick and Owsley says her side are in bullish mood ahead of the knock-out round.

“It didn’t matter how we played tonight, we weren’t going to let anyone take top spot away from us.

“We’ve come out here and proved we are a serious contender and we are here to try and win the gold. We don’t want to settle for second best.

Scotland meanwhile secured an important three points as they saw off Italy 3-1 with goals from Leigh Fawcett, Becky Merchant and Kareena Marshall.

Cho targets podiums as hard work pays off


Mahama Cho believes the hard work is paying off as he prepares to make a statement at this weekend's Polish Open in Warsaw. 

The heavyweight recently took bronze at the opening Grand Prix Series event in Moscow – his first major podium finish since taking silver and the US Open last January.

Since that silver Cho has had some tough bouts that have seen him struggle at the World Championships and European Games.

But he believes he is in strong shape and thinks that the podiums will follow after racking up the hours in training.

"It felt great to get back on the podium again after six months of frustration and picking up injuries," said Cho.

"I have done quite a lot of things differently to everyone else. So, it was great to see all the work in the gym paying off.” 

Hoi happy with World Championship showing


Jakob Hoi believes England exceeded their expectations at the recent Badminton World Championships, despite disappointments along the way.

There were solid performances from Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge who made it to the last eight while Toby Penty produced the best result of his career by reaching the second round.

Chris and Gabby Adcock, meanwhile, made it the last 16 before being forced to withdraw due to illness.

And Hoi says that with all things considered the competition can be viewed as a success and a positive step on the road to Rio. 

"There’s no doubting that illness and sickness had a massive impact on our performances during, and at the end of the World Championships,” Hoi told Badminton England.

“Yes, we took quite a severe hit, but we delivered on and exceeded our set target of one quarter-final berth in Jakarta.” 

Young over the moon to make senior leap

Alex Young says he is delighted after recently breaking into the Great Britain senior setup.

The 21-year-old is heading into his final year of college basketball at UC Irvine and recently turned out for Joe Prunty’s team that took on New Zealand at the Copper Box.

“It felt really good to be called up to the senior team's camp and get the opportunity to be there and to be a part of the programme," he said.

"I was excited when I was selected to play against New Zealand because it just meant that my week of hard work had paid off and Coach Prunty thought that I could be a good part of the team. To be able to represent GB is a great honour.”

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