Athletics

Katarina Johnson-Thompson wins two golds at British Indoor Championships

Johnson-Thompson could be flying flag for Britain at Worlds next month (©GettyImages)
Johnson-Thompson could be flying flag for Britain at Worlds next month (©GettyImages).

Katarina Johnson-Thompson jumped to two gold medals at the British Indoor Championships in Sheffield.

The 21-year-old set a British record in the high jump on Saturday, clearing 1.96m, before producing a personal best performance in the long jump event.

Her effort of 6.75m to win her second gold on Sunday is the second-best length by a British female long jumper, with Anguillan-born Shara Proctor currently holding the record of 6.89m.

Johnson-Thompson is being seen as the next great heptathlete to come from Britain, aiming to follow in the footsteps of Denise Lewis and current Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill.

Yet, it is a Swedish star of the multi-event competition that the Brit is being compared to.

“Not since the great Carolina Kluft have we seen a multi-eventer with such a strong combination at high jump and long jump,” said Mark Butler, BBC Sport’s athletics statistician.

“Jessica Ennis-Hill may be absent for the moment, but we’ve still got a potential world beater in 21-year-old Johnson-Thompson."

The Liverpudlian now hopes to compete in the Pentathlon at the World Indoor Championships in Poland, which takes place from March 7th to 9th.

However, Johnson-Thompson will be competing in the Dutch Championships next week, in a bid to qualify for the event.

The 21-year-old told BBC Sport: “I skipped the hurdles, because I wanted to be really cautious for next weekend, I really want to qualify for the World Indoor Championships in the pentathlon.

“It gives me great confidence, even if I can’t get to that standard, I know I can get close to it and that’s what it’s about in the pentathlon, being consistent.”

Robbie Grabarz also won the high jump in the men’s competition, clearing 2.24m to retain his title from last year, whilst Nigel Levine won the 400m title in controversial circumstances.

Luke Lennon-Ford crossed the line first, but was later disqualified for stepping outside of his lane.

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