Johnson-Thompson eager to mark breakthrough year in style

17 June 2014 / 11:55

Katarina Johnson-Thompson insists she is determined to mark a breakthrough 2014 in style as she sets her sights on her first major international heptathlon title this summer.

The 21-year-old has long been viewed as one to watch after finishing 15th on her Olympic debut at London 2012 and then improving ten places at her maiden World Championships a year later.

And Johnson-Thompson looks to be in fine form ahead of this summer’s Commonwealth Games after edging out Canadian world silver medallist Brianne Theisen-Eaton to win the Hypo Meeting in Gotzis at the start of the month.

That is seen as a major championship dress rehearsal and Johnson-Thompson insists she is looking to repeat the trick at Glasgow 2014 in order to lay a marker down ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympics.

"I think this is a breakthrough year for me, a few years ago I felt like I was totally to new to all this," she said.

"I came away from London with people telling me it would always be about Rio and that I had to bide my time.

"Rio would always have been my target, but hopefully the way I'm progressing I'll be on track for that, as well as 2020.

"If I can just step up and win hopefully my first international medal this year, I can take it through and hopefully do well in Tokyo, Rio and London [2017 World Championships].

"It would definitely be a disappointment [not to win gold in Glasgow], especially going in on top.

"The thing to remember is that Brianne is a great athlete, so she's going to raise the level and I've got to do the same.

"I think we will both be competitive, so it's just about handling that."

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