12.20pm: LOUISE Hazel began her London Olympics heptathlon challenge with a fourth place in her heat in the 100m hurdles this morning, but there was disappointment to follow in the second event the high jump.
Hazel cleared 1.59 metres in the high jump but then failed with three attempts at 1.65m compared with her PB of 1.74. She collected just 724 points and slipped down the field from her opening position of joint 15th.
The March athlete received a massive reception from the 80,000-strong crowd when she took her place at the start and recorded a time of 13.48 secs to earn her 1,053 points.
She started well and was in second place over the first five hurdles but did fade towards the finish and her time was outside her personal best of 13.24 secs.
Fellow Brit Jessica Ennis led the way, winning heat five in the fastest time of the morning – 12.54 secs – to collect 1,195 points and Liverpool’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson recorded the same time as Hazel with 13.48 secs when also fourth in her heat.