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Katarina Johnson-Thompson ready to make a name for herself

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Johnson-Thompson is targeting Commonwealth glory this summer. (©GettyImages)
Johnson-Thompson is targeting Commonwealth glory this summer. (©GettyImages).

British heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson is targeting Commonwealth Games glory this summer as she bids to step out of Jessica Ennis-Hill's shadow.

The 21-year-old, who has been likened to her more experienced countrywoman ever since she won gold at the world youth games five years ago, has made an excellent start to the year, reports The Telegraph.

Johnson-Thompson set a British high jump record of 1.96m in February, before leaping to 6.81m in the long jump to claim the World Indoor silver medal in March. It´s given her the belief that she can get a big personal best this year, too.

"Although it's a bit early in the season, I think I'm in good shape," she said.

"If there's a chance to get a big score then I'll take it.

"A score of 6,700 would be very good. My PB is only 6,449 so I'll have to make sure everything's right to get that sort of score."

Johnson-Thompson´s best performance as a senior to date is a fifth placed finish in the World Championships in Moscow last year.

The competition was without the injured Ennis-Hill, and Russia´s Tatyana Chernova, though, and Johnson-Thompson thinks she could have done better if she had had higher targets.

"I said beforehand that I'd be happy with a top-eight finish. It was just one of those lines that you say, but I think I started to believe it.

"Maybe if I had believed from the start that I could contend it might have been a different story, though athletes will always say, ‘What if I'd done this or what if I'd done that?' There's always an excuse in heptathlon."

She will be hoping there will be no need to say that this time next year, as she bids to win Commonwealth gold in Glasgow. The Games begin on July 23.

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