UPDATE: High jump nightmare sees March’s Louise Hazel slide down London 2012 heptathlon standings
MARCH’S golden girl Louise Hazel held her head in her hands after a disappointing high jump saw her slide down the London 2012 heptathlon leaderboard.
Hazel could only muster 1.59m in the high jump - crashing out with three failures at a height which is some distance below her personal best of 1.74m.
The Commonwealth champion had been tied for 15th after a solid run in the 100m hurdles - but the shock high jump exit sees her plummet down the standings.
The former Neale-Wade Community College student sat 37th out of 38 athletes, on 1777 points, after two events - but she does have her strongest disciplines to come.
Hazel, who was one of the first TeamGB track and field athletes to compete in the Olympic Stadium, was given a huge cheer by her home crowd this morning.
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She clocked 13.48secs in the 100m hurdles - about two-and-a-half tenths of a second outside her personal best.
The time was good enough to see her finish fourth, behind Ukrainian winner Hanna Mehychenko, and amass 1053 points.
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But the high jump disappointment resulted in a meagre return of 724 points, leaving her some distance behind the heptathlon leaders.
Meanwhile fellow TeamGB star and friend Jess Ennis shot to the top of leaderboard, smashing the British record in the 100m hurdles.
Hazel will compete in the shot put and the 200m this evening.
The heptathlon will conclude tomorrow with the long jump, javelin and 800m.
Hazel, who is rated as a 50/1 long-shot for Olympic gold, previously said she was ready to savour the experience of a home Games.
“I have always dreamed of competing in the Olympics since I first took up athletics,” she said.
“It has been a long and hard journey to get to this point. I’ve trained and worked for it all my life and I’m very grateful to be a part of the Games.
“It’s a cliche to say it is a once in a lifetime opportunity but that is the way I see it.”
Hazel spent last week in TeamGB’s holding camp in Portugal with the rest of the track and field squad.
She also starred in a special Olympics version of Channel 4’s Come Dine With Me, which was screened on Sunday night.