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Johnson-Thompson smashes long jump best in Glasgow

July 11, 2014 22:51 pm

World junior heptathlon champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson smashed her long jump personal best at the Glasgow Grand Prix in the perfect warm-up for this month's Commonwealth Games.

With less than two weeks to go until the Games begin in Glasgow, the 21-year-old was getting a taste of things to come as she took to the Hampden Park venue.

And she clearly liked what she saw as she registered 6.92m on her third jump, finishing second in the competition but smashing her personal best by 11cm in the process.

It all points to a summer to remember for Johnson-Thompson and she admits she can’t wait to get back out in front of the Glasgow crowd.

“I'm very happy with that. Coming into the competition I felt like I was in a bit of shape after the trials in Birmingham,” she said.

“I thought I had a big jump in me coming into the stadium and I've done well, got a PB by 11cm, so I’m very happy.

“I really like it here. They've done really well, I've never been here before, it's only my second time in Glasgow, I'm happy with the way they've done the track and also the crowd.

“I feel in good shape, still three weeks left, so I'll go back and do a bit of training and hopefully I can come back and do the same.”

Elsewhere, sprinter James Dasaolu equalled his season's best time of 10.03 seconds as he finished fourth in the 100m, Jamaican superstar Yohan Blake failing to finish after pulling up at two thirds of the way down the track clutching his hamstring.

British 200m champion Danny Talbot came home fifth in a star-studded field, while Kelly Massey found the going tougher in the 400m as she finished eigith.

However there was plenty for the Glasgow crowd to shout about as home favourite Eilidh Child cruised to a comfortable victory in the 400m hurdles, crossing the line in a season's best 54.39 seconds.

“I am delighted to have got that win but I think that has technically been my best race of the year,” said Child.

“I just smashed my stride pattern and everything was smooth so I am just more delighted with how everything went. Obviously I am delighted to have won but I am more happy with how I executed the race.

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