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Katarina well placed in Gotzis

Katarina Johnson-Thompson lay in second place after day one of the prestigious Hypo-Meeting in Gotzis as she showed her credentials.

The 21-year-old was 15 points behind Canada's Brianne Theisen-Eaton after four of the seven events, on 3923 compared to her rival's 3938.

In the absence of Jessica Ennis-Hill, World Championship silver medallist Theisen-Eaton is set to be Johnson-Thompson's chief rival for gold in Glasgow this summer, with the Briton eyeing her first senior international title.

The Liverpool athlete opened her competition at the annual IAAF World Combined Events Challenge in Austria - the top global multi-discipline event has a field which will be far stronger than the Commonwealths - with an impressive 100 metres hurdles clocking of 13.47 seconds, into a headwind.

She followed that with a 1.90m clearance in the high jump, 12.17m in the shot put - by far her weakest event - and a huge personal best of 22.89secs in the 200m.

Johnson-Thompson, who finished fifth at last year's World Championships before a brilliant indoor campaign this year, which included a long jump silver at the World Indoor Championships, was three points clear of Belgium's Nafissatou Thiam.

They have the long jump, as well as the javelin and 800m, to come on Sunday.

Her compatriot Morgan Lake, at just 17 years old, produced arguably an even better first day, though, to lie eighth on 3777 points.

Lake posted a huge personal best in the shot put of 14.85m, adding almost one and a half metres to her previous mark, and the 200m, in which she took clocked 24.59s, taking close to half a second off her best.

She had run 14.32s for the 100m hurdles and cleared 1.87m in the high jump.