Johnson-Thompson triumphs with heptathlon gold

Johnson-Thompson triumphs with heptathlon gold

03 October 2019 / 22:43

Katarina Johnson-Thompson is hungry for more success after winning gold in the heptathlon at the World Athletics Championships in Doha.

After two days of competition, Johnson-Thompson claimed her first global title and alongside Dina Asher-Smith’s gold, it is the first time in 36 years that Great Britain have had two female gold medallists at the same championships.

The 26-year-old completed a dominant final day where she recorded a new British record points total of 6,981 beating Jessica Ennis-Hill’s previous mark of 6,955.

Johnson-Thompson started off the day with 6.77m in the long jump, threw a personal best of 43.93m in the javelin and ran 2:07.26 for another lifetime best in the 800m.

The Brit finished 304 points clear of Belgium’s Nafissatou Thiam – the biggest winning margin in the heptathlon at the world championships in 32 years.

At the 2015 edition, Johnson-Thompson fouled three times in the long jump while at London in 2017, it was the high jump where she became unstuck, but the Brit believes those moments have made this victory sweeter.

“These whole two days have been so fast and because it has been at night, it’s actually felt like a dream,” Johnson-Thompson said.

“Doing it under the lights and everything was unbelievable. I can’t believe this is the result. I have had so many attempts at this result so to perform on this stage makes me so happy.  

“I couldn’t have done without those previous championship experiences; I’m sure it would have been sweet in 2015 but here we are.

“The low moments have helped me come back and make the move [to Montpellier] and try and look inward on myself.

“This has been my dream. 7000 points is one of my main career goals. On the score calculator, I’ve been working out all sorts of combinations throughout my entire life.

“But the last couple of years I have chilled with the predictions and I have just tried to compete, perform and beat myself. I’ve found a formula that works but I just want more!”

Elsewhere Laura Muir sailed through to the 1500m final after finishing third in her semi-final, while Sarah McDonald just missed out on a place.

Sophie McKinna, who threw a personal best of 18.61m to qualify, ended the shot put final in 11th place, while a trio of British men are through to their 1500m semi-finals as Jake Wightman, Josh Kerr and Neil Gourley all booked their places in the next round.

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