Athletics

Katarina Johnson-Thompson can't believe heptathlon success

Johnson-Thompson now primed for the Commonwealth Games. (©GettyImages)
Johnson-Thompson now primed for the Commonwealth Games. (©GettyImages).

Katarina Johnson-Thompson has reflected on her amazing victory at the prestigious Hypo-Meeting in Gotzis, where she was able to set the third highest points total by a British heptathlete.

Only Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill and Denise Lewis, herself a gold medalist in Sydney, have scored registered a higher score than the 21-year-old Liverpudlian. 

Johnson-Thompson is delighted that she can follow in the footsteps in past Olympic champions after beating some of the world's top multi-eventers on her Austrian debut.

She posted on her official Facebook page: “Can’t believe I won this prestigious event and I will be joining the ‘Gotzis walk of fame’ alongside greats such as Daley Thompson, Denise Lewis and Jessica Ennis."

One of the names that Johnson-Thompson joins on that prestigious list, Daley Thompson, has called the youngster 'the future of athletics'.

By winning the event in such sensational style, the Liverpool Harrier may have gained a psychological edge on some competitors competing in the games.

Canada's Brianne Theisen-Eaton, a rival for the Commonwealth Games title this summer, herself set a national record in Gotzis but was unable to suppose the Briton's score, missing first place by only 41 points.

Johnson-Thompson's attention will now switch to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow that will begin on July 23.

She is now is hoping that a partisan crowd in Glasgow will help her gain more success, adding: "Thanks for all of your support and I will need it again in Glasgow."

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