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The entry lists are now out for Götzis and the heptathlon is certainly the heavier weight of the two competitions.  A large field of 34 has been amassed with 7 athletes with PB’s of 6400 points or better (and all in the past 2 years). 24 heptathletes with PB’s in excess of 6000 points.  Whilst the field is missing true top-end talent (Jessica Ennis-Hill and Tatyana Chernova both pregnant) the field looks very competitive.  The field includes 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 7th from Moscow World Championships resume battle and add in Lilli Schwarzkopf return to competition after a year out it should be fun.

Obviously from a UK point of view I’m looking forward to see what Katrina Johnson-Thompson is going to do. Having missed out on the World Indoors (snubbed for the discretionary place after illness prevented her achieving the qualifying standard) KJT is no doubt ready to put down a new PB.  A 13:44 this weekend over the hurdles on top of HJ and SP bests in the winter could point towards a 6600 type score (weather permitting).

Morgan Lake’s decision to accept an invitation is intriguing and perhaps slightly odd. Having completed her first senior heptathlon in Firenze at the beginning of May, 4 weeks later she is competing at Gotzis.  Ahead of her is choice of World Juniors or Commonwealth Games.  Lake is currently ranked 3rd in the Juniors and holds the B Standard for the Commonwealth Games (although adding 104 points to her Multistars score of 5896 would give her the A Standard).  Note 6100 is needed for the European’s with a top 8 finish guarantee selection. I would have thought Eugene and the World Juniors would be the priority; her summer schedule is getting very busy.

The decathlon sees a field of 25.  Trey Hardee returns to Gotzis whilst Ashton Eaton is taking a break from the decathlon to run sub-50 400mH.  So far there is little form to go on for Hardee and it’s been a few years since he’s been in top form (Daegu in 2011 when he did his shoulder in in the JT).  It will be interesting to see how Gunnar Nixon is progressing from the Junior ranks.  There are only 2 from Moscow’s top 10 (Chinin and Freimuth) are here so it maybe a bit of a voyage of discovery.

The weather forecast is not too bad, but currently sandwiched between rainy days, so plenty of chances for change.  Temperatures forecast for low-mid twenties.

(updated May 28th with Tatyana Chernova also being pregnant via @ElenaRusAthletx)

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