Monday, 2 June 2014

Katarina Johnson-Thompson wins Götzis heptathlon with javelin best

Katarina Johnson-Thompson won gold in the prestigious Hypo-Meeting in Götzis, Austria this weekend, as Great Britain’s latest heptathlon star laid down a marker with yet another personal best this year before the Commonwealth Games.

 Victory in the 800 metres saw the 21-year-old Liverpudlian pip Canada’s Brianne Theisen-Eaton to gold by 41 points (6,682 to 6,641) and the pair are expected to be favourites in Glasgow this summer in the absence of Jessica Ennis-Hill.

Johnson-Thompson lay second overnight in this event – the annual IAAF World Combined Events Challenge, which had a field far stronger than that expected at the Commonwealths – but moved into first by winning the long jump in the first of Sunday’s events, jumping 6.70 metres to Theisen-Eaton’s 6.59.

The Canadian reclaimed top spot in the javelin but Johnson-Thompson’s new personal best of 41.44m in the event left her primed before her favoured 800m and she duly delivered.