Aug 12 2013
Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Great Britain's heptathlon hope at the World Championships in the absence of the injured Jessica Ennis-Hill, slipped down the leaderboard after making a promising start in Moscow.
The 20-year-old clocked 13.49 in the 100 metres hurdles, just 0.01 outside her personal best, and followed it up with a clearance of 1.83m in the high jump, narrowly down on her season's best.
That put her in fourth place on 2068 points, 24 off third, with Ukraine's Ganna Melnichenko leading on 2135.
However, Johnson-Thompson failed to build on her promising start in the shot put, one of her weakest events.
She could only manage an 11.52m throw, seeing her finish 31st of 33 heptathletes.
That performance earned her just 627 points, resulting in her dropping down to 14th overall.
Meanwhile, Perri Shakes-Drayton demonstrated her medal credentials in the women's 400m hurdles with a confident run, pulling comfortably clear of defending champion Lashinda Demus of the United States and Russia's Olympic gold medallist Natalya Antyukh.
The Londoner won her heat in 54.42 to progress as easily the fastest qualifier.
But her rival for the gold, Czech Zuzana Hejnova, also looked impressive, able to slow to a jog metres from the line such was her lead to win in 55.25.
Shakes-Drayton is aiming to make up for the agony on missing out on a place in the Olympic final in her home city by following in the footsteps of Sally Gunnell and taking the world crown.
She said: "It felt good, it was relief - I'm through without anything happening. I knew I was more than capable of making it through, but it's just pure relief.
"I just need to rest and recover properly and tomorrow's another day."
Scotland's Eilidh Child, also enjoying the season of her life, went through to the semi-finals after finishing second in her heat in 55.17, and Meghan Beesley made it a full contingent in the next round by also coming second in 55.45.
Asha Philip will not have a chance at 100m glory as the 2007 World Youth Championships gold medallist could only finish seventh in the semi-final, with a time of 11.35 secs.
"I'm slightly disappointed in myself," Philip told the BBC. "I came here to run a PB but I didn't achieve it. But it's a learning curve, I'm learning all the time."