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Katarina Johnson-Thompson makes superb start to Gotzis heptathlon

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Katarina Johnson-Thopmson and Morgan Lake have both made a good start on day one of the heptathlon in Gotzis, Austria.

The multi-eventers have both achieved two personal bests on the opening day, Johnson-Thompson in the 100m hurdles and the 200m, and Lake in the shot put and, again, the 200m.

Gotzis is known as a high-class meet for both heptathletes and decathletes, and both of the British athletes will have had high hopes heading into the weekend.

Johnson-Thompson has been in excellent form so far this season, breaking the British high-jump record, as well as winning indoor silver in the long jump in Sopot in March.

The 21-year-old has long been touted as the next Jess Ennis-Hill, and her performances since Ennis-Hill announced her pregnancy in January have suggested she could be the next big star in the event.

Along with the PB´s in the 200m and 100m hurdles, Johnson-Thompson also leapt to 1.90m in the high jump, and threw 12.17m in the shot put. This gave her 3923 points and left her in second place at the end of the first day.

Lake, only 17-years-old, added to her two PB´s with 14.32s in the 100m hurdles and 1.87m in the high jump. Her score of 3777 left her in eighth place.

It´s Johnson-Thompson who is in contention, though, just 15 points behind Canada´s Brianne Theisen-Eaton with four events left.

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