Katarina Johnson-Thompson wins pentathlon gold at Athletics World Indoor Championships

The Brit finishes 50 points ahead of Austria's Ivona Dadic and 113 in front of Cuba's Yorgelis Rodriguez to take victory with 4750 points

Nick Mashiter
Saturday 03 March 2018 00:19
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Katarina Johnson-Thompson posted the best long jump mark
Katarina Johnson-Thompson posted the best long jump mark

Great Britain's Katarina Johnson-Thompson claimed her first global title after winning the pentathlon at the World Indoor Championships - and targeted a golden hat-trick.

The 25-year-old finished 50 points ahead of Austria's Ivona Dadic and 113 in front of Cuba's Yorgelis Rodriguez to take victory with 4750 points.

It ended a series of heptathlon disappointments after she finished fifth at last year's World Championships in London, sixth at the Rio Olympics and 28th at the World Championships in 2015.

Johnson-Thompson is also due to compete in the Commonwealth Games next month and the European Championships in Berlin in August and is eager for more glory.

She said: "I said to myself I wanted two golds and one other medal but I would love three golds. If I can that would be great.

"That is what I am hoping. I am so happy. I have a busy year and this gives me confidence and belief going to the Commonwealth Games that I can compete at a certain level and come away with a medal and not screw it up.

"It means the world. It is something I have been trying to do since 2012 when I stepped into the international scene. I was disappointed last year I wasn't able to do it outdoors.

"After the last couple of years I have had there was no pressure on me because I have not done too well. I am just happy that I can kick start this year as a gold medallist."

She had not claimed a major medal since winning pentathlon gold at the European Indoor Championships in 2015.

Johnson-Thompson's triumph was also Great Britain's first World Indoor gold since 2014 when Richard Kilty took the 60m title.

Johnson-Thompson went in as favourite with the top three from last year's heptathlon at the World Championships - Nafissatou Thiam, Carolin Schafer and Anouk Vetter - absent.

She played down her chances before the championships but finally made her global breakthrough in a weakened field.

A lifetime best of 12.68m in the shot put kept the Great Britain star in firm contention, despite failing to seriously impose herself in the morning session.

She only cleared 1.91m in the high jump, well below her personal best of 1.98m, and failed three times at 1.94m.

Johnson-Thompson also posted an unspectacular 7.36secs in the 60m hurdles, even if it did equal a season's best, while she also posted 6.50m in the long jump.

She was 33 points ahead going into the final event, the 800m, but did finally dominate an event, winning in two minutes 16.63 seconds.

Earlier, Asha Philip missed out on the women's 60m final but Elliot Giles reached the 800m final and Laura Muir, fresh from a 3,000m bronze on Thursday, eased into Saturday's 1500m final.

Team-mate Eilish McColgan failed to join her after coming sixth in the second heat.

Muir said of her celebrations following her bronze on Thursday: "I had the little mint chocolate from my hotel room last night and that was my 'little treat' but I did the same as always."

PA

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