Katarina Johnson-Thompson wrote her name into the history books as she set a new national record in claiming the high-jump title at the British Indoor Championships in Sheffield.
Having cleared successfully cleared a height of 1.87m alongside Jayne Nisbet and Isobel Pooley, Johnson-Thompson pushed on finishing with a best height of 1.96m.
It is 1cm further than the previous national record shared by Dianna Davies, Debbi Marti, Susan Moncrieff and 2012 Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis.
And a proud Johnson-Thompson, who finished 15th on her Olympic heptathlon debut in London alongside Ennis, admitted she had been confident of putting in a good showing indoors.
“I knew I was in good form because I had a good session in Loughborough last week and had a really good high jump session,” she said.
“I’ve been working on things mentally because last year and the year before I knew I had a good jump in me but it’s just me against the bar.
“It’s a proud moment. There were a couple of people on 1.95m and a couple of Mike’s previous athletes too so it’s a proud moment for him as well. I can’t believe it.”
Elsewhere there were impressive performances on the track as Asha Philip came within one hundredth of a second of breaking the British 60m record when she posted a time of 7.09seconds for gold.
While in the men’s event European Indoor silver medallist and World Championships finalist James Dasaolu stormed to victory in 6.50seconds, with Dwain Chambers and Richard Kilty both clocking 6.53secs behind him.
There was an equally tight finish in the 60m hurdles final with a photo finish failing to split the first two finishers, leaving Andrew Pozzi and William Sharman to take joint gold in 7.64seconds.
For the latter, the time marked a lifetime best as he took his first ever indoor championship title as well as running inside the 7.65secs World Indoor qualifying standard.
In the longer distance, Andy Vernon held off Jonny Mellor over the final lap to take the 3,000m title while Jemma Simpson secured the women’s title.
Elsewhere pole vaulter Holly Bleasdale once again took the British title, clearing 4.73m for a season’s best to suggest she on the way back to form after an injury-hit 2013.
“I feel I’m getting better and better and into my groove with every competition I do and today was a really good day,” said Bleasdale. “I feel I’ve improved a lot – I tweaked a few things and felt more like the vaulter I have been in training.
“Moving forward I don’t have to worry about perfecting my technique, I can just go out there and enjoy it. I wish Birmingham was tomorrow so I can jump again.”
In the other jumping disciplines on Saturday, Julian Reid posted a personal best distance of 16.87m to take the triple jump title with JJ Jegede winning the long jump with 7.85m ahead of Dan Bramble’s personal best 7.80m
And in the women’s shot put, Rachel Wallader got the best of her younger training partner Sophie McKinna to take the title with a personal best of 16.45m.
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