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Athletics: Johnson-Thompson smashes Ennis record on way to gold

Katarina Johnson-Thompson broke Jessica Ennis-Hill’s British record, but fell agonisingly short of the world record as she claimed pentathlon gold at the European Indoor Championships in Prague.

Johnson-Thompson amassed 5,000 points, just falling short of Ukrainian Nataliya Dobrynska’s haul of 5,013, to land the first major title of her career in commanding fashion.

If there were any doubts left that this 22-year-old was destined for greatness they were blown out of the water by a performance of utter domination in her first pentathlon for three years.

“I was gutted, instant regret,” she said. “If someone had said to me, ‘You’ve got 5000 points and a gold medal’, at the beginning of the day I would have taken it, but because everything was going so well and I was so close, I think that’s what made me so sad.

“I could have got it if I had pushed a little bit more. It’s regretful, but its still a good score. It’s just that I accumulated all those points to get to that moment where I could actually achieve it.

“It’s been a long day. I got up at 6 o’clock and we didn’t get much rest. You forget I had a hurdles PB today and that’s great. Just because it all blends into one all I was thinking about was the disappointment of not getting the world record.”

Fired up by last year’s injury frustrations when a stress fracture to her foot ruled her out of the Commonwealth Games and European Championships, and boasting a fearless new attitude, Johnson-Thompson came first in the 60m hurdles, high jump and long jump to finish well clear of the field.

The Liverpool athlete roared to a 60m hurdles personal best of 8.18 seconds – her third PB in the discipline in less than three weeks – before clearing a championship record 1.95m in the high jump and equalling her season’s best of 12.32m in the shot put, by far her weakest event.

She lay second after the first three events, but the long jump, at which she is the British indoor record holder and reigning world indoor silver medallist, offered her the chance to all but guarantee gold and to put the world record within touching distance.

She delivered, leaping out to 6.89m on her first attempt. Needing to clock at least two minutes 11.86 seconds over 800m for the world record, Johnson-Thompson looked on course over the first three laps, but, with legs tiring, drifted off the pace and crossed the line in two minutes 12.78 seconds.

Ennis-Hill’s three-year-old British record of 4,965 points was still consigned to history, though. The Olympic heptathlon champion is due to return to the sport this summer following the birth of her first child.
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Athletics: Katarina Johnson-Thompson sets British long jump record

Katarina Johnson-Thompson set a second British record within a week as she won the long jump with a leap of 6.93m at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix.

The 22-year-old heptathlete from Liverpool set a national indoor record with her third jump to win the event.

Johnson-Thompson broke the British high jump record last week with 1.97m and also set a hurdles personal best.

“I jumped a PB and ran a PB in the hurdles last week, so I knew I was in all right shape,” she told BBC Sport.

Johnson-Thompson missed last summer’s Commonwealth Games and European Championships with a foot injury.

She now heads to next month’s European Indoor Championships in Prague, where she will compete in the pentathlon.

“I’m happy with it but I’m like ‘right, let’s move on from this,'” she added. “I’m just so happy to be in good shape, competing and healthy and happy. I’m not going to take it for granted any more.”

Olympic champion Greg Rutherford set four indoor personal bests on his way to winning the men’s long jump with a 2015 world leading 8.17m, one centimetre short of the national record.

The 28-year-old looks likely to stick with his plan of skipping Prague to focus on winning a first world outdoor title later in the year.

“I don’t know now,” he said. “It’s a possibility but it’s a slim one. I think probably not still. I never planned to do it and never set it as a target.

“We’ve done one jump session and one run-up session in the build-up to this and the rest has been weight sessions, so we’ll see.

“If it was any other year then I’d consider it, but I’m so determined to win the World Championships this year and I do believe I can do that.”

World number one Jenny Meadows won the 800m in a time of two minutes 01.25 seconds, while Nigel Levine won the 400m in 46.43secs ahead of compatriot Jarryd Dunn.

The 60m was won by 38-year-old Kim Collins of Saint Kitts and Nevis in 6.50 seconds ahead of Britain’s Chijindu Ujah (6.55).

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Athletics: Katarina Johnson-Thompson to defend British indoor title

Katarina Johnson-Thompson will continue her return from injury when she defends her high jump title at this month’s British Indoor Championships.

It will be her second competition since she suffered a foot injury which forced her to miss last summer’s Commonwealth Games and European Championships.

The 22-year-old cleared a British record 1.96m at last year’s meet.

She will face British outdoor record holder Isobel Pooley and world junior champion Morgan Lake on 14 February.

Johnson-Thompson will also compete in the 60m hurdles in the meet, which will be held in Sheffield between 14 and 15 February.

The heptathlete won world indoor long jump silver last March and led the world heptathlon rankings for 2014 despite injury cutting short her season.

She returned to competition at the Northern Championships in January after six months spent recovering from injury and equalled a personal best 8.40 seconds in the 60m hurdles.

Johnson-Thompson will use the Sheffield meeting and the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix on 21 February to prepare for the pentathlon event at the European Indoor Championships in Prague, which start on 6 March.

Other British athletes in Birmingham include double Olympic, world and European champion Mo Farah and European 100m champion James Dasaolu.

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