Denise Lewis confident of Katarina Johnson-Thompson success

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Former Olympic champion Denise Lewis fully expects heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson to challenge for medals at next year's World Championships.

Lewis, who won the multi-eventing gold in Sydney in 2000, also revealed she believes the Liverpudlian will come back from her injuries a better athlete.


Johnson-Thompson missed the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow as well as the European Championships as a result of a foot injury, but Lewis has admitted that is just the nature of the sport.

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"Everyone has to unfortunately experience what it feels like to go through the ups and downs of sport," she was quoted as saying on Yahoo Eurosport.

"She will be a better athlete from the experience of missing the Commonwealth Games and European Championships.


"I've missed major championships before and her predecessor Jessica Ennis-Hill also missed the 2008 Beijing Olympics with a foot injury. You saw what Jessica then went on to do.

"It happens and it's the nature of the sport but it's about how you grow and what you learn from it that will make you a better athlete when you really need it most."

Had Johnson-Thompson not have missed those two championships, then she may well have added to the silver medal she won in the long jump at the world indoor championships in Sopot in March.


Nonetheless, Lewis is sure the 21-year-old will challenge again in the near future.

"I think she's had a fantastic season regardless of missing those two championships but she has plenty more time to make up for this injury.

"I expect her to be a force in Rio 2016 for sure but also at the World Championships in Beijing next year."

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