On the first morning of competition at the 12th IAAF World Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland the Norwich Union GB & NI team were as unpredictable as the weather. The new stadium’s bright blue track inspired performances from the women’s 100m.
Ashlee Nelson (City of Stoke) stormed to victory in the first of the women’s 100m heats, crossing the line in 11.55 (-1.9m/s). She goes through to the next round as fastest qualifier from the heats.
Elaine O’Neill (Woodford Green Essex Ladies) won the third heat of the women’s 100m clocking 12.00 (-1.9m/s). She will join teammate Nelson in the semi-final field this afternoon.
Sophie Hitchon (Blackburn Harriers) took an early lead in the qualification stages of the women’s hammer. Her first throw of 59.57m was enough to secure second place in the round and take her through to the final tomorrow afternoon. She finished in third place overall at just 16 years old.
Just before the break of morning competition the heavens opened and a ten minute downpour
– but the sailors praise the new boats