British heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson says she isn't feeling the pressure of being labelled as the heir apparent to Olympic gold medal-winning team-mate Jess Ennis.
The 20-year-old came home in 15th in the Heptathlon at the London Olympics last summer as Ennis claimed her historic gold.
Many believe Johnson-Thompson can go on and claim a gold medal of her own in years to come - something Ennis herself has backed the youngster to do.
Johnson-Thompson, who broke Ennis' British junior record last year, says she isn't listening to the hype that surrounds her and insists she isn't feeling the pressure to live up to other people's expectations.
“I don’t think there is any pressure on me," she said. "I want to win medals for myself. I don’t want to be someone else.
“People saw me at the Olympics so I don’t know whether they expect me to do well this year.
“But I am only 20 and it’s hard to win medals at this age. You have got to be strong in every event. As long as I progress each year I will be happy with myself.
“I reckon I have another eight years in the sport so if I win medals in 2016 and 2020, I won’t complain.
“Some athletes may have said now the Olympics are over ‘what else is there to do in life’?
“For me, it’s a strange thing to say. I got very addicted to performing. I just want to do that more. So when I came away from the Games I just wanted to train all the time.”
The Liverpool Harrier will have the chance to show her potential alongside Ennis at the World Championships in Moscow later this year.
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