Hazel’s heptathlon cut short

Louise Hazel in action in the women's Javelin during the Aviva UK Trials and Championships at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham.
Louise Hazel in action in the women's Javelin during the Aviva UK Trials and Championships at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham.
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MARCH Athlete Louise Hazel (pictured) failed to complete her first heptathlon of 2012 at the TNT Fortuna meeting in Kladno, Czech Republic at the weekend.

The 26-year-old competed in six of the seven events, but did not start for the final event the 800m metres and another British competitor 19-year-old Katarina Johnson-Thompson scored a junior record with 6248 points in second place compared to Hazel’s best of 6,166. The Liverpool girl now ranks second behind Jesica Ennis with Hazel third.

Before dropping out she had scored 4,958 points and was in fifth place overall, but had managed a personal best in the shot putt with 12.86 metres.

In the opening event on a very windy day, the 100 metres hurdles, one of her stronger events, Hazel had finished second in her heat with the second fastest time overall of 10.36secs and then reached 1.65m in the high jump.

Her shot putt boosted her points total and after three events she was in seventh place. In the 200 metres she was second in her heat to Johnson-Thompson in 24.76 and was sixth overall after the four events with 3,458.

After the first day’s events the Commonwealth Games gold medallist commented: “Below par day at the office, but I am very happy about my personal best in the shot putt.”

On Sunday she began with 5.76 metres in the long jump which was well below her best and then threw 42.91 metres in the javelin to move up to fifth place overall after six events.

But she did not appear for the 800 metres.

Hazel will next be competing in Birmingham on June 22 and the GB athletics team for the Olympics will be announced on July 3.