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Aug 13, 2013 2:50 AM by Andrew Masuda

Day slips to 7th after long jump, two events to go at World Championships

Former Cal Poly All-American Sharon Day slipped from third place to seventh after the women's long jump to open the second day of the women's heptathlon at the IAAF World Championships in Russia.

The meet is taking place in Moscow, which is eleven hours ahead of California time. So the first of three events scheduled for Tuesday, finished around 11:15 pm Monday night.

Day faulted on her first of three attempts. Her top jump of the day was 19 feet, which earned 786 points to her score. The two-time Olympian entered the day 56 points behind the leader Ganna Melnichenko from Ukraine and one point behind second place Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands. However, Melnichenko earned 1,004 points in the long jump and Schippers tallied 959 points.

When it was all said and done, Melnichenko extended her lead with two events to go with a total of 4,916 points. Schippers remains in second with 4,796 points. Germany's Claudia Rath climbed into third with 4,795 points, while Canada's Brianne Theisen Eaton stayed in fourth place with 4,775 points. Great Britain's Katrina Johnson-Thompson is in fifth place with 4,766 points and Eliska Klucinova is sixth with 4,626 points. There are 32 women in the field.

Day, the 2011 and 2013 USA outdoor champion, can still make up ground in the sixth event, the javelin throw, as well as the final event, the 800 meter run.

Sharon finished 16th at the 2012 London Olympics and 18th in the heptathlon during the 2011 Worlds. She finished 10th in 2009.

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